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Authorities in Nnokwa, Anambra State have detained a woman in her middle age in connection with the gruesome incident of setting a policewoman and her two children ablaze.
Nneamaka Nwosu, who is originally from Amawbia in Awka South LGA, Anambra State, has been identified as the suspect in the incident. The victim, who had become homeless following a divorce, reportedly had a connection with the suspect.
According to a resident who wished to remain unnamed, the suspect, Nneamaka Nwosu, had sought the assistance of the policewoman for housing after finding herself homeless and in dire need of accommodation following her divorce.
‘As soon as the husband divorced her, she confided in the policewoman who benevolently offered her accommodation in her apartment.’
‘On that fateful day, she quarrelled with the policewoman which led to a fight. She hit the police woman on the head with a pestle and she fell and became unconscious.’
‘She quickly tied the policewoman and her two kids together with a rope inside their room and set them ablaze together with the building,’ he added.
The swift response of a local vigilante group and vigilant villagers resulted in the apprehension of the suspect, Nneamaka Nwosu, as she tried to flee, following their arrival at the scene attracted by the fire.
When confronted by the vigilante, the suspect, Nneamaka Nwosu, stuck to her story, claiming that the incident was a gas explosion that occurred accidentally while the deceased and her children were using the stove to boil water.
After initially denying her involvement, Nwosu broke down and confessed to the crime, acknowledging that her actions were guided by the influence of the devil.
‘I did not know what came over me that made me commit the crime. I deserve to be shot dead for this wicked act against the person who helped me in my time of need,’ she said.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, verified the incident, disclosing that the suspect was under custody and the bodies of the policewoman and her children had been conveyed to the mortuary pending further investigations.
He said, ‘Preliminary information reveals that the policewoman accommodated the suspect while she was searching for a house.’
‘The two women had a disagreement which resulted in a fight before the suspect hit the woman police on her head with a pestle.’
‘While she became unconscious, she tied her with her two kids and set them ablaze. The bodies of the victims have been recovered and deposited in the morgue. Further development shall be communicated,’ Ikenga promised.
DSP Tochukwu Ikenga noted that the case has been forwarded to the State Investigation Department (CID) for a comprehensive investigation and subsequent prosecution.