Anambra State Command has arrested a 20-year-old man, Ekenedilichukwu Okeke, for allegedly killing his mother-in-law, Mrs. Theresa Okeke, 54, over one million naira.
The deceased, an accountant with the National Population Commission (NPC), was reportedly strangled to death on September 28, 2022 at her residence, No. 4 Umuziocha, Awka, the state capital.
Parading the suspect alongside his three accomplices at State Police Headquarters, Amawbia on Friday, November 18, 2022, Police Commissioner Mr Echeng Echeng said Ekenedilichukwu allegedly colluded with his friends to murder the woman in order to withdraw a sum of N1 million from her bank account.
“A 54-year-old Mrs. Theresa Okeke, an accountant with the National Population Commission, Awka, was murdered at her residence at Number 4, Umuziocha, Awka,” the CP said.
“Immediately the matter was reported, his son-in-law, Ekenedilichukwu Okeke, 20 years old, who was sleeping in the same house as the deceased, was arrested for questioning.
He claimed that armed robbers stormed their residence and killed his mother-in-law. However, after intelligence-based questioning, he eventually confessed to the crime and named his accomplices.
State CID Detectives Awka quickly mobilized to search for the accomplices which led to the arrest of three additional suspects namely; Peter Jideofor, 23, Chukwuemeka Christopher, 29, and Chisom Emmanuel Dike, 22.
“They all confessed to the crime and revealed that it was the son-in-law of the deceased who enlisted them to come and kill the deceased to enable them to transfer the sum of 1 million naira from his account, after knowing the word his phone password. The suspects will soon be brought to justice,” Echeng added.
During his parade, the son-in-law said he had to hire his friends to help him perform the deed, shortly after the deceased, who had helped pay his fees, insisted that he leaves his house because of a misunderstanding.
“I finished writing JAMB and did some odd jobs to help me raise money for my college fees. I also worked for NPC 3 months ago,” he said. Explain.
“I had a misunderstanding with my mother, down the line and she scolded me. I begged her, thinking she forgave me. But the next day she asked me to leave the home.
“I called my dad and older brother to tell them about the development, but my dad didn’t choose. It was my brother who chose that I tell what happened
“Afterwards, I called my friends to help me get some money from my mother so that I could use it for my expenses before my admission. Along the way, she collapsed and broke down. I have a lot of remorse and I pray to God to have mercy on me and the government to forgive me.
One of the accomplices, Peter Jideofor, a musician who confessed to being the one who tied the victim’s mouth when she tried to scream, said they wouldn’t have killed her if she had provided her phone number. ‘identification.
“He told me he had a problem with his stepmom that I should help extract N1m from him. It was around 2am, with my other guys. We tied his hands and feet “, explained e.
“When she wanted to scream, I personally tied her mouth. In the process, she stopped breathing. That’s when I left because my mission was not to kill. Leaving , I told the guy to keep checking on her every 30 minutes.
“But it was in the morning that she told us she was dead. We were all in shock and ran away, but I stayed inside until the day I was arrested. “
Jideofor, who claimed to be an orphan, regretted the act, saying it was his first experience.
“I must confess that I had no intention of killing her. I feel very guilty. This is my first time. I am 24 years old. We had planned to do the transfer but she refused to provide the pin code.”