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INEC Official, Husband, Three Women Die In Awka Apartment

Posted: Sep 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka


A senior employee of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and electoral officer of Onitsha South Local Government Area, Mrs. Chinwe Obi, her husband, and three other women have been found dead in an apartment in Awka, capital of Anambra State.

While Mr. Obi, a businessman died on Friday, September 4, 2015, Chinwe and her three friends whose identity is yet to be ascertained died on Saturday, September 5, 2015, unknown to her neighbours.

Their bodies were evacuated from the apartment on Monday by the police team led by the Commissioner, Hassan Karma.

The incident happened at Olisa Onyeka Crescent, Commissioner’s quarters, Ifite Awka.

Daily Independent learnt that Mr. Obi who was based in Cotonue, Benin Republic, died on Friday when he returned from a business trip.

Then the next day, Saturday, three friends of his wife including a pastor came to sympathise with her wife and to pray with her over her husband’s death, but two days later none of them came out of the apartment thereby raising suspicion among her neighbours who invited the police.

The police on arrival on Monday broke the door into the apartment and found the four women, all clutching their Bibles, dead.

The police also found left-over soup in a soup pot and a generating set along the corridor of the apartment. There was no petrol in the generating set, according to the Commissioner of Police.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ali Okechukwu told Daily Independent: “There was a generating set on the passage of the building but there was no fuel in it.

“There was also left over of soup, so it is either they died of food poisoning or inhalation of carbon monoxide.

“They were all holding their Bibles because the occupant of the apartment, Mrs. Chinwe Obi lost her husband last week.

“It is obvious they were either praying or had prayed shortly before the incident but we have not arrived at any conclusion yet. The police are still investigating the matter.

“All the bodies had been evacuated to Regina Caeli Hospital mortuary in Awka”, Okechukwu concluded.

Also, the land lady of the building, Mrs. Ify Onyebumuo, said that she was contacted on phone by one of the tenants who said they had not seen the deceased since Saturday.

Mrs. Onyebumuo noted that the tenants said that they perceived awful odor from the apartment, adding that Mrs. Obi had not picked her phone since Sunday.

She said that the deceased had lived in the building for 11 months.

Also, the Caretaker of the building, Mr. Machie Ignatius, a lawyer, said that he was contacted on phone by some tenants who told him they suspected some people died in that room.

Machie revealed that Mrs. Obi’s husband had died the previous Friday in the room and was taken to the mortuary.