The suspects, Chimaobi Anyim Kalu,25, and David Ogwo Orji, 21, allegedly lured the victim to a hotel where they gave her yogurt spiked with piriton tablets and stabbed her to death with a broken glass cup after she became unconscious, and fled with her baby.
Addressing newsmen at the Command Headquarters, Umuahia, on Monday, June 21, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede, said the incident occurred at Merry Home Hotels, Aba on April 15, 2022.
Agbede revealed that on discovering the crime, the proprietor of Merry Home Hotels, Ogbor Hill, Aba, Felix Abengowe, reported to the Police that the corpse of an unidentified female with a sharp cut on her neck was found in one of the hotel rooms.
“On April 16, 2022, at about 0010hrs, one Felix Abengowe, the proprietor of Merry Home Hotels Ogbor Hill Aba reported that an unidentified female corpse with a sharp cut on her neck region was found in one of his hotel rooms.
Police detectives on arrival at the scene were further informed that the suspects escaped with the deceased’s baby boy after killing her,” she stated.
“Investigations revealed the identity of the victim as Chimhurumnanya Udeh, female, aged 21 years, a native of Edda in Ebonyi State, and resident at No.125 Umunkama road by St Dominic Ngwa road, Aba. Also, the name of the victim’s stolen baby was identified as Chimeremobioma Silver, aged about 11 months.”
The CP further explained that between 15th and 16th May 2022, upon information, the suspects were arrested in connection with the case, noting that it was discovered that both of them are motorcyclists from Ugwueke in Bende LGA of Abia State.
“Their confessional statements revealed that the suspects administered drugs which according to them, is a mixture of Yoghurt and Piriton tablets on their victim before stabbing her with a broken glass cup on her neck and she died instantly.
They also made away with her eleven (11) months old baby boy whom they claimed was sold for the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand nairas (150,000) only, which was
shared equally among them,”
CP Agbede assured that effort has been intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects and recover the little Chimereobioma Silver purportedly sold.
Exhibits found with them included broken glass cups, black material soaked with oil paint, and CCTV footage in a flash drive.
In their confessional statements to newsmen, the suspects admitted to killing Udeh and stealing her baby.
According to the suspects, they gave the deceased yogurt spiked with 8 tablets of piriton tablets. After she became unconscious, they stabbed her in the neck with a broken glass cup.
One of the suspects, Orji claimed that he was forced by Chimaobi Anyim Kalu to stab the victim dead.
Orji alleged that the stolen baby was delivered to one Chukwuemeka James who in turn, sold the baby to a female buyer at N150, 000.00 which was shared equally among them.
The suspects pleaded for forgiveness from the family of the deceased and the general public.
Meanwhile, the CP used the opportunity to reiterate that security consciousness should be a priority everywhere, including in hotels, schools, churches, residential areas, business premises, recreation centers, and when on transit.
Speaking with newsmen afterward, the parents of late Chimhurumnanya, Mr. John Udeh, and Mrs. Veronica Udeh who were in tears, demanded justice over their slain daughter.