The Abia State Police Command has arrested two persons in connection with the killing of a 16-year old girl, simply identified as Esther.
Esther’s badly decomposed body was found in an uncompleted building at the Cattle Market in Lokpanta in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State.
The victim’s full identity was not known, except that she hailed from Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
Esther, until her death, was alleged to be a girl of free virtue, a trade she reportedly plied at the Lokpanta Cattle Market.
The suspects, Uchenna Okorie and Levi Nwankwo are presently with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where they are helping the police in their investigation.
It was, however, not possible at the moment, according to the police to know if any part of her body was tampered with because of the badly decomposed nature of the remains.
According to the police, on the night of Thursday July 11, 2013, one of the suspects, Uchenna Okorie, said to be the boy friend of Esther, engaged the service of the other suspect, Levi Nwankwo, an Okada operator, to pick Esther and drop in his house.
Levi Nwankwo, the police said, claimed that he picked the girl as instructed by Uchenna Okorie and that when he got to Okorie’s home, he was not around, adding that he dropped Esther there and asked her to wait for her boy friend.
According to him, she sat under a mango tree in the compound before he left.
However, some days later Esther’s badly decomposed was found in an uncompleted building.
According to the police, it was the stench oozing out from the decomposed body at the uncompleted building that attracted the people around the area.
The incident, the police said was reported by one Good Samaritan, Friday Eke.
Before then, Esther’s “business colleagues” at the Cattle Market had raised alarm that they had not seen her for a couple of days.
However, the clue that led to the arrest of the two suspects, the police said, was given by one Mercy Sunday, said to be a food vendor at the Gariki, who gave the information that she saw when late Esther was carried in an okada by Levi to Uchenna’s house.
When contacted, the Abia State Police commissioner, Mr. Usman Tilli Abubakar confirmed the incident and said that the police would get to the root of the matter.
Abubakar said whether Esther was a prostitute or not, she deserved not to be killed, hence the police’s on-going investigation to unravel the cause of her death.