A 24-year-old man identified as Agbo Onuabuchi has been remanded in the Enugu State Correctional Service for allegedly strangling and burying his friend in a shallow grave.
The victim, Peter Ukekwe, aged 44, was reportedly strangled to death and buried in Amori community, Nkanu West Local Government Area earlier this month.
According to a statement by DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, the suspect and the deceased had traveled from Ogidi, Anambra State, to visit a native doctor.
During the night, the duo left their host’s house for an unknown destination, and a search was conducted when they were not found until the following morning.
The suspect was arrested at Obe community in the same LGA while attempting to escape back to Ogidi, Anambra State.
He confessed to the crime, stating that he strangled the victim to death and buried him in a shallow grave in the bush, where his remains were exhumed and deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.
“The case was, thereafter, transferred to the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu, where investigation into the case was consolidated, concluded and the suspect arraigned and remanded accordingly for further hearing,” DSP Daniel Ndukwe said.
The Enugu State Correctional Service has confirmed the incident and assured that justice will be served.