I’m innocent, only saw her lifeless body, 400-L UNIPORT student who killed 300-L ex-lover pleads
Damian Okoligwe, a 400-level student of the Department of Petroleum and Gas, University of Port Harcourt, the suspected murderer of his 20-year-old girlfriend, Justina Otuene, has denied
denied killing the latter.
Damian was arrested on Wednesday, October 25, after the decomposing body of his 20-year-old girlfriend, Justina Otuene, was found in his apartment.
He was, therefore, paraded before newsmen yesterday, October 26 but, however, confessed that he only discovered her body in his apartment and has no idea who killed or dismembered her.
According to him, he found her lifeless and did not report the matter to the authorities after he made the discovery.
Rivers State Police Command has paraded one Damian Okoligwe, a 400-level student of Petroleum Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, for allegedly killing his 20-year-old ex-lover for money ritual.
The suspect had reportedly killed, dismembered and sacked the body of his former girlfriend, Justina Otuene, a 300-level student in the Department of Bio-Chemistry, in the same institution.
The killing was reported at Ozuoba Police Station, by one of Damian’s neighbours, at Mgbu Oba Town, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, under the division’s jurisdiction.
Addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Nwonyi Emeka, informed that the sad incident was exposed by a neighbour to Damian, who had gone to the suspect’s backyard and was hit by offensive odour. He reported his experience to the police in Ozuoba.
Emeka said: “On Wednesday, 25/10/23 at about 3.30 pm, operatives of Ozuoba Division received a complaint from a good Samaritan and neighbour of Road 20, back of NTA Ozuoba.
“On Wednesday, at about 2 pm, the neigbour went to his house where one Damian Okoligwe, a fellow tenant lives and had perceived a very offensive odour.
“He immediately reported the issue at the police station, where the DPO led detectives to the scene.
“On arrival, the door was forcibly opened, and a Ghana must-go bag containing a dismembered lifeless body was recovered. The body was taken to the station and a search for the fleeing suspect and boyfriend of the deceased, one Damain Okoligwe (24), a petrochemical engineering 400 level student of UNIPORT’s boyfriend of the victim, occupant of the house, now the prime suspect, seen last with the deceased began He was eventually found and arrested for an inquiry.
“The lifeless and butchered body of Justina Otuene (20), a biochemistry 300-level student at UNIPORT, was recovered and deposited at the mortuary.
“Preliminary investigation is in progress. The case has been transferred to SCID for discreet investigation.”
All efforts of the Police geared at making him admit to committing the heinous crime were futile, as he insistently denied responsibility for his ex- girlfriend’s death, alleging that he merely discovered her lifeless body his apartment and as such, did not have a clue of who murdered or dismembered her.
In another development, the Commissioner of Police announced the rescue of four children already abducted and sold by suspected child traffickers.