Edeh Tochukwu, a 31-year-old man, has been arrested by the operatives of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) for allegedly killing his lover, Ijeoma Felix, 48, in the Lugbe area of Abuja.
The suspect, who confessed to the crime when he was paraded on Tuesday, December 27, said he used a pestle to kill her during an argument in her apartment on Thursday, October 24, 2022.
After k#lling her, the suspect said he took the Toyota Camry belonging to the deceased, along with her phone and some other belongings before leaving the house. He added that he was arrested on November 2 after changing the car documents of the Camry and selling it for N1.7 million.
According to him, they had an argument over a Toyota Highlander she had given him, which he sold without her consent. He said he met the deceased in a Facebook group in 2020, adding that their relationship started on a good note, which led to him moving into her apartment. He claimed that the relationship turned abusive with him being the victim.
The victim’s elder sister told journalists how she learnt of the death of her sister after her gruesome k#lling on October 24 at her residence.
She stated that she received a call from the caretaker of the property where her late sister’s apartment resided, informing her that Ijeoma had not been seen for days and that she might be seriously ill. Upon her arrival at the residence, she said there was a foul odour but that her car was nowhere in sight. After learning that a report had been made at Lugbe Police Station, she went there.
“They had already made arrangements for the environmental (agency). We were even at that police station when the environmental people came. All of us went to the compound.
They went in; they brought out my sister, wrapped in her centre rug. She was smelling already. That means the smell I was perceiving (the day before) was my sister. She had been there for days, smelling! That was how we took her to Gwagwalada Hospital and deposited the body,” she said, adding that the family wants justice.