room By Olisemeka Obeche
Police investigators under the Ebonyi state police command have started work to unravel an alleged murder case following the discovery of the decomposing corpse of an unidentified middle-aged woman in a hotel room in Abakaliki, the state capital.
Ebonyi state police public relations officer, Loveth Odah, who made the disclosure on Sunday, said the deceased found in a pool of blood also had deep cuts on the chest and neck and that the body had been deposited in a mortuary.
Odah, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), disclosed that the decomposing corpse was discovered at Crown Garden Hotel, located along the ever-busy Afikpo Road in the capital city.
According to the police spokesperson, the suspect in the case had been identified as Uchenna Awoke. She disclosed further that manager of the hotel, Mr. Emmanuel Eze, the supervisor and other workers had been with the police in the course of seeking clues to the alleged murder, even as she hinted at some measure of negligence in the case. According to Odah, “The manager of the hotel, the supervisor and other staff of the hotel were taken to the station for questioning and I must confess to you that the whole thing is negligence on the part of the hotel management.
How can a guest be murdered in a hotel room and, days after, the management is not aware of the incident?” “We will investigate the matter properly and I assure you, the perpetrator of the act must be arrested and prosecuted. All we are asking is for the members of the public to avail the police of useful information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect.”
A customer of the hotel, Sylvester Oduma, whose complaint led to the discovery, narrated what happened to journalists. According to him, he arrived at the hotel on Sunday, paid for a suit and checked in only to perceive unpleasant odour oozing out from the next room. It got rather unbearable for him.. “I quickly drew the atten
tion of the management of the hotel to the unpleasant odour and they opened the door and found the lifeless body of a fair lady in the room. Possibly she was stabbed to death by her supposed boyfriend identified as Uchenna Awoke.
“Immediately, the police was contacted and a team of officers arrived at the scene. The policemen immediately arrested all the management and staff of the hotel and took them away. The policemen evacuated the corpse and deposited it in a morgue”. Mr. Oduma noted that the suspect was also said to have made away with all the belongings of the deceased, including her phone so that he could not be tracked.
The embattled hotel manager, Mr. Eze, claimed he was on a three-day journey when the incident took place; that, as soon as he was contacted, he immediately contacted the police who went and evacuated the corpse from the hotel room. “I was on a three-day journey when the incident took place but as soon as I was informed, I also informed the police who immediately went to the scene and evacuated the body of the lady.
Upon my arrival to Abakaliki, I was invited by the police but after making a statement, I was granted bail”. According to him, the murder may not be for ritual purpose as the victim’s vital organs were still intact when the body was evacuated from the hotel. “Every business has its own challenges. This is one of the hazards of hotel business. I thank God that, as at today, none of my staff has been linked to the gruesome murder,” he said.