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Narrating how the incident happened, father of the deceased, Mr. Mbaka told OUR SOURCE how he sent his daughter out on the fateful day after he came back home and discovered that the house was empty. He said: “When I came back that evening from work, I noticed there was no food for the family, I managed to bring out N100 and gave to Chekwube to buy garri for us to survive that night, I never knew that evil was lurking around and that enemies of God are also planning on how to eliminate my daughter. She left without any premonition of evil but when we waited for her for too long, we became apprehensive that she was wasting time, initially, I was angry that she had not returned but when it got out of hand, I noticed all was not well with Chekwube”
He further disclosed that before the deceased left for the errand, her friend, a 20-year-old boy simply identified as Skido (nick name) had visited the family and volunteered to escort Chekwube. Since they were best of friends and known to the family of the deceased, they were allowed to go but the boy ran home weeping to report that over eight young men accosted them on their way home and forcefully took away Chekwube and disappeared into thin air. According to the family, when Skido alerted them that their daughter was forcefully dragged away by the coffin makers to an unknown place, they immediately raised the alarm and shortly after that, they discovered the l*feless body of Chekwube, n*ked in an uncompleted building. It was at that point that the family and sympathizers noticed that the deceased was gang-r*ped by the eight coffin makers now at large and in the process of preventing her from shouting to attract passersby, they held her by the throat leading to her d*ath.
Her father further said: “We noticed fingerprints on her throat, that may be because they held her down to prevent her from shouting to attract passersby because the incident took place around 9pm, people were still passing. They defiled my daughter and k*lled her in the same place. We have alerted the police but we can’t stop crying for Chekwube, an intelligent and obedient girl who never gave anybody headache not even in the school nor at home” When asked if he was suspecting anybody, Mr. Mbaka said he is suspecting the artisans living close to his house, adding that they might have conspired and masterminded the barbaric act, following the alleged regular s*xual demands they had made to his daughter in the past. However, the case has been transferred to the Divisional Crime Bureau, DCB of Obosi Police Division where our reporter learnt that Odume Obosi had recorded four violent r*pe cases leading to d*ath, all within a space of three months. Meanwhile, the Divisional Police Officer of Obosi Division, CSP Dimale J.O confirmed the incident and disclosed that two persons including one of the coffin makers had been arrested, adding that efforts were being made to arrest the fleeing seven coffin makers. This is so unfortunate. Justice must be done.