It may look weird. But the circumstances of the murder of Ozigie Betty Nwovueze, 32 years old, in Wimpy area of Rumuepricom, Port Harcourt is one of most the gory killings in recent times.
Residents watch in awe and bewilderment as detectives from the homicide department of the of the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, exhume the already decomposing body of the woman who Prince Owabie alias J-Boy may had referred to in the past as love of his life, but which he later murdered and buried the corpse in his room to cover up the crime.
J-Boy, 34 years old, was handcuffs and amidst heavy security led police detectives to his room where the fast decomposing corpse was discovered and watched as it was unearthed by the police officers.
Nnamdi Omoni,a DSP,and Lawyer also the Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command who was part of the police team at the scene said investigation so far showed that the deceased who is suspected to be pregnant was beaten to her death by her boyfriend over allegation of infidelity.
The body of the woman was deposited in the morgue after which an autopsy will be conducted for further investigation while prosecution of the suspect will follow.
However, in weird twist, the father of the deceased, Mr.Wilfred Nwovueze, insists the J-BOY, must marry the corpse of his daugther and perform the full traditional marriage rites as the customs and tradition of Ndele people in Emohua local Government area.
Nwovueze told Journalists on Thursday, December 6, that the marriage is in line with a compulsory traditional rites of Ndele people in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State where the deceased hailed from.
He, therefore, pleaded with security agencies to ensure that justice is done in the killing of his daughter.
“I don’t want any problem. That girl is my daughter and what I want the Police to do is to allow this J-Boy of a man or his family members to marry my daughter before they bury her.
“All the rites that are due any girl of marriageable age in my community will be done so that there will be no calamity,” he said.