The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Tuesday, said it had nabbed the suspected killers of a woman in Ebonyi hotel room.
DSP Loveth Odah, the state Police Public Relations Officer, named the main suspects to be Mr Lucky Godwin, 48, and his wife, Mrs Onyinyechi Godwin, 39, who are traders at the Mayor Market in Enugu, the capital of Enugu State.
The manager of De Crown Gardens Hotel, located on the Afikpo Road, Abakaliki, Mr Emmanuel Eze, had on December 3, 2018, reported to the police that the decomposing body of an unknown lady was found in one of the rooms of the hotel.
Odah stated that police operatives visited the scene and evacuated the corpse to the mortuary for preservation and autopsy, adding that professional crime busters from the State Criminal Investigation Department were mandated to unravel the mystery surrounding the death in 48 hours.
The PPRO said, “Before this incident, there was a similar incident that occurred on November 6, 2018, in which one Chiosom Ugwu, a pregnant woman, was found in a state of coma, in a bush behind the Azuiyiokwu Girls’ High School, Abakaliki, close to the same hotel.
“The woman was stabbed in the neck, abdomen and back. She was bleeding profusely and was rescued by police operatives, who took her to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for medical treatment.
“Mrs Ugwu narrated to the police how she was attacked by one Papa Emma, her co-trader at the Mayor Market, Enugu; she told us that the said Papa Emma lured her to Abakaliki and took her to the bush, attacked her and stole her two-year-old daughter before abandoning her.
“While the victim was still receiving treatment in the hospital, intelligence-led investigation took our investigators to Enugu State, where we saw and arrested Lucky Godwin, aka Papa Emma; and his wife, Onyinyechi Godwin, who are the principal suspects.”
Lucky, according to the police, confessed to the crime and admitted that he was responsible for the murder of the lady found dead at De Crown Gardens Hotel, Abakaliki, on December 6, 2018.
He was quoted as saying in a document made available to journalists by the PPRO that he stabbed Ugwu, stole her two-year-old daughter, whom he sold to an orphanage at the Akwukabi Etche community in Rivers State.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspect also ran away with the murdered woman’s two-year-old daughter after he had killed the mother.
Lucky was quoted as saying that he brought the lady and her daughter from Enugu on November 30, 2018, and they all lodged in the hotel, where he gave his name as Uchenna Awoke in the guests’ register.
He alleged that he was assisted in the act by the hotel’s gateman, Monday Onwe, who, according to him, gave him the knife with which he murdered the lady, adding, “The same gateman kept watch while I escaped with the dead woman’s baby.
“I paid the gateman the sum of N30,000 as a reward for his assistance.”
He also confessed that he and his wife sold their first son, Emmanuel Godwin, to one Dr Arthur Ugo, the alleged owner of AVON Hospital in Iguruata, Rivers State, for N200,000.
The police said they had successfully recovered the three children and that efforts were on to arrest the said Ugo.