The gruesome murder of 22-year-old Precious Naza Onyenanu,
who graduated last year from Imo State University with a degree in Education
(Economics), has given her traumatized father, Mr. Innocent Eze Onyenanu and
other relations the greatest shock of their lives.
and his tears have also not ceased to flow.
Imo State was allegedly butchered by Ephraim Isom, 27, a graduate of Rivers
State University of Science and Technology (RUST), who hails from Andoni Local
Government Area in Rivers State. The heinous murder took place in a hotel in
the Rukpokwu area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
State for the national youth service and they fell in love. After his national
youth service year ended, Ephraim maintained his relationship with Precious, in
the hope of eventually going into marriage after the victim’s graduation. But
that, as it has turned out was just a ruse and dummy sold by Ephraim to
Precious, to string her along. Innocently, and being a young woman as she was,
Precious believed him hook, line and sinker.
marriage vows, what Precious got was unkindest and deadliest cut that ended her
life, from the young man she once called, “my darling.”
planned and executed
her father asked her to travel to Port Harcourt to escort her sister, Mrs
Ezinne Blessing Godswill, to Imo State, to spend the 2015 yuletide with the
family. Presumably seeing the trip to Port Harcourt as an opportunity to see
and spend some time with Ephraim, she excitedly called him and intimated him
about the planned visit to the Garden City. On Saturday, December 5, she left
for Port Harcourt, with absolutely no premonition of the evil fate that Ephraim
had carefully scripted for her.
her, was also secretly nursing an evil plan against her, and looking for an
opportunity to execute it. Pretending that all was well, the suspect booked a
room in a hotel (name withheld) at Rukpokwu about 7 am and left. He was said to
have called Precious on the phone, and told her of the hotel where she would
stay and the bus stop she should alight after arriving in Port Harcourt.
effort to recount to Sunday Sun reporter how the daughter came to a horrific
end: “On Saturday, December 5, 2015, I sent my daughter to Port Harcourt, to
bring her sister from Port Harcourt, to Imo State. She left Owerri about 7am.
About 12.30, I tried to call her on the phone, to know if she got to Port
Harcourt safely, but her phone was switched off. I tried all through the night,
but the call did not go through.”
eventually went through the following day, Sunday, December 6, 2015, it was a
male voice that responded.
6, 2015, the phone rang and it was a male voice that spoke. Just before I could
ask him about the owner of the handset, he quickly switched off.”
that his daughter had been kidnapped. He said he rushed to the Anti-Kidnapping
Unit of the Imo State Police Command, Owerri, to lodge a complaint. And when he
went back to the Command the following day, Monday, December 7, 2015, for
necessary documentation, Precious was declared missing by the police. The Imo
State Police Command was said to have investigated the case throughout the
week, but all efforts to unravel the mystery surrounding the sudden
disappearance of the girl proved abortive.
the distraught father said he received a phone call from his brother-in-law
living in Port Harcourt, Ifeanyi Nmezi, who told him to rush to Port Harcourt,
adding that his daughter had been murdered. In his confused state, Eze went to
Port Harcourt and joined his daughter, Ezinne, at the Homicide Section, where
she had already written a statement in respect of the murdered Precious.
swing into action
the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Rivers State Police Command
approached one of the GSM service providers and obtained the call log with a
view to knowing the last person she communicated with before her gruesome
murder. With the information provided by the GSM network company, the police identified
the person who spoke to Precious last and also sent a Short Message Service,
SMS to her, describing the bus stop where she should alight and the name of the
hotel where they would lodge. The policemen later traced the suspect, arrested
and detained him. After initial interrogation, the detectives took the detained
suspect the following day to his house where they conducted a search. And in
his house, two handsets belonging to the victim were found.
found the two handsets, I was invited to come for identification. It was our
housemaid, Chiamaka, who knows the handsets used by my daughter that identified
all the contacts in the handsets, which he also claimed belonged to him. To
further confirm the real owner of the handsets, the police took them to the
service provider, who restored the deleted contacts and call log.
the SMS Ephraim sent to my daughter, telling her the bus stop to alight at
Rukpokwu,” Onyenanu further said.
suspect came to book a room on the fateful day at 7am. After paying, he locked
it up and went away with the key. About 10am, he came back in the company of
holding food in take-away packs they bought from one of the eateries,” a source
at the hotel told Sunday Sun.
went out again without Precious. But the director of the hotel felt uncomfortable
and suspicious of the movement of the man. He asked him if he was checking out
and also asked about the girl he took into the room he had booked.
and added that he wanted to buy something and then come back soon.
manager to call the suspect back. But he (Ephraim) was able to play a fast one
on the manager and disappeared. He never came back to the hotel again,” the
source further disclosed.
but there was no response. After banging on the door repeatedly without any
response, they peeped through a hole and saw the victim’s lifeless body on the
bed, wrapped with bed sheet and in a pool of blood. It was after the discovery
that the management of the hotel reported the matter to a nearby police
station. A team of policemen went to the hotel, forced the door open and
removed the body to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH)
manager and security men. When interrogated, they denied any involvement or
knowledge of the crime, but assured that they would identify the customer, who
booked the hotel and brought in the victim.
THE MURDER OF PRECIOUS
family, especially her mother, Florence. According to Onyenanu, Precious, who
was the last but one child in the family lacked nothing as her elderly ones and
parents, provided for her needs.
tragedy; they were too close. Out of my 14 children, she was the 13th. I have
two wives. The older children pampered her a lot because of her good character
and beauty. My daughter was very beautiful and fashionable. Anybody that came
in contact with her liked her.”
which could have led to the dastardly act, the grieving father disclosed to the
reporter how one of his daughters told him that Precious had misunderstanding
with Ephraim, after someone called him (Ephraim) on the phone one day, and
Precious picked the call and the person turned out to be his girlfriend. The
incident was said to have angered Precious, who accused the suspect of planning
to jilt (dump) her.
plans to travel to UK this year for her master’s degree programme? I’m calling
on the Federal Government, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase,
women lawyers, human rights activists, to come to my aid. All I want is
justice,” the grief-stricken father moaned.