12 February 2013

Nigeria: Missing Girl Found Dead With Eyes, Genitals Removed

Umuahia — OHANZE community in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State was, Tuesday, thrown into mourning following the discovery of the body of a three-year-old Miss Chigozie Ufomba with her eyes and genital organs removed.

The body was found in a bush behind Community Secondary School, Ohanze, three days after she was declared missing by her mother.

The victim was allegedly abducted with her younger brother, Chidozie Ufomba, by one Mrs. Ucheoma Jombo of Umueke village on Friday on their way to school.

The prime suspect, Ucheoma Jumbo, has been arrested by the Police and is now at the Eastern Ngwa Police Division, Umuobiakwa, with four other suspects.

She was said to have been arrested following information said to have been volunteered by a JSS 3 student in the area who saw her with the children.

On interrogation, the suspect was said to have told the police that she sold little Chigozie to somebody who lives in Port Harcourt but that the little brother, Chidozie Ufomba, was sold to somebody at Ndiakata Community, seven kilometres from Ohanze.

Based on this information, the police stormed the place and rescued the little boy alive, but her sister was found dead with her eyes and private parts removed.

Vanguard learnt that among the suspects currently held by police include the husband of the prime suspect and a native doctor who hails from a nearby village.

When contacted the Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ambrose Aisbor confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspects.

The Police commissioner said he had ordered that all the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for investigation.

Aisabor said he believed that the removed parts must been used for rituals, hence the need for thorough investigation.

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