Two motorcyclists have confessed to brutally killing a 21-year-old nursing mother, Chimhurumnanya Udeh, and selling her 11-month-old baby boy for N150,000 in Aba.
The suspects, Chimaobi Anyim Kalu, 25, and David Ogwo Orji, 21, admitted to the crime while being paraded before newsmen by the Abia State Police Command on Monday, June 21.
The duo allegedly lured the victim to a hotel where they gave her yoghurt spiked with piriton tablets, stabbed her to death with a broken glass cup after she became unconscious and fled with her baby.
According to the State Commissioner of Police, CP Janet Agbede, the incident occurred at Merry Home Hotels, Aba, on April 15, 2022.
Agbede stated that Felix Abengowe, the owner of Merry Home Hotels in Ogbor Hill, Aba, reported to the police that the corpse of an unnamed female with a severe neck cut had been discovered in one of the hotel rooms after discovering the crime.
“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.
“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.
Their confessional statements revealed that the suspects administered drug 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 naira (150,000) only, which was shared equally among them”, she said.
The suspects, in their confessional statements to newsmen, said they gave the deceased yoghurt spiked with 8 tablets of piriton tablets. After she became unconscious, they stabbed her on the neck with a broken glass cup.
One of the suspects, Orji, claimed that he was forced by his accomplice, Chimaobi Anyim Kalu, to stab the victim dead.
He 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.
However, the CP assured that efforts have been intensified to arrest other suspects in connection to the murder and recover the little baby purportedly sold.
Exhibits found with the suspects included broken glass cups, black material soaked with oil paint, and CCTV footage on a flash drive.