A 20-year-old man was arrested by Ebonyi state police for allegedly killing women and having sex with their dead bodies.
Upon his arrest and interrogation, the suspect who is a painter by profession confessed to the crime saying he did it because people refused to stop calling him ‘Sogbodo’, a nickname he hated.
Confirming the arrest, the state spokesman, Mr. Chris Anyanwu said the suspect was arrested after several complains had been reported about missing persons in the community.
The police in an effort to catch the culprit, decided to set a trap with a girl along a farm path and as usual, he came out of his hide-out to strangle and rape her.
The spokesman said: “We nabbed him after placing surveillance at a particular farm, where he usually waylays women who are going to farm or coming back from farm. We got the information that he had killed three women in the same way. He has the habit of waylaying the women on lonely bush path. Whenever a woman passes through the place he pounces on her and strangles her to death and has sex with the dead body.
Speaking further, Anyanwu revealed the identities of the women he had killed and raped.
“One of these women’s name is Anyigor from the same village. On July 15, she went to farm at a place called Okwulike but never returned. Then, when he was later arrested, he (the suspect) confessed that he was hanging around that farm area when he saw the woman who is late now, and pounced on her, strangled her to death by grabbing her neck region until she gave up before he had sex with the dead woman and robbed her of
N8,500, which he found on her.
“The suspect said he used the money to buy Nokia handset phone and used the remaining money to drink local gin called ‘kaikai’. The second incident happened a week after, on July 23, the victim is Mrs. Helen, a 54-year-old woman, who went to Egiagu village to farm and never returned.
“So, alarmed by her non-return, her son alerted the villagers and a search party later found her dead body along the lonely farm path. When Chukwuma was arrested, he confessed that he strangled the woman the same way he strangled the other two women.