Fear of the unknown on Friday gripped residents of Asaba, Delta State, following the alleged ritual murder of a 32-year-old pregnant woman identified as Nkechi Nwanze.
The corpse of the pregnant woman, investigation revealed, was discovered on Benin/Asaba expressway by motorists who raised the alarm that attracted residents of the area to the scene in the early hours of today.
DSP Andrew Aniamaka, the police spokesman in the state, who confirmed the incident to our reporter in Asaba, said: “We discovered her private part mutilated, her ears cut off, it is a case of ritual murder, the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the act,no arrest made yet.”
But one the of the relatives of the victim, Jane Chukwudi, who spoke to our reporter, said: “We have been battling the problem of her pregnancy, and in anger she left the house in the early hours that she was going to Benin to see a cousin, a medical doctor, only for a call to us that she had been murdered in cold blood, the assailants removed vital part of her body”.
It was gathered that the victim had allegedly been facing nightmarish challenges, a situation she told one of her sisters that it might portend danger for her, but was treated with a pinch of salt before the incident.
As at the time of this report, many residents of the areas had fled their homes for fear of the unknown, while many others were seen discussing the incident in hush tones.