A 20-year-old man identified as Ekenedilichukwu Okeke has been detained by the Anambra State Command for allegedly killing his 54-year-old stepmother Mrs. Theresa Okeke for N1 million.
According to reports, the deceased, a National Population Commission (NPC) accountant, was found strangled to death on September 28, 2022, at her home in No. 4 Umuziocha, the state capital of Awka.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng, presented the suspect and his three accomplices before the state police headquarters in Amawbia on Friday, November 18, 2022. He claimed that Ekenedilichukwu conspired with his accomplices to kill the woman in order to withdraw N1 million from her bank account.
According to the commissioner;
“One Mrs. Theresa Okeke, aged 54 years, an Accountant with National Population Commission, Awka, was murdered in her residence at Number 4, Umuziocha, Awka. Immediately the case was reported, her stepson, Ekenedilichukwu Okeke, aged 20 years, who slept in the same house with the deceased, was arrested for interrogation.
He claimed that armed robbers stormed their residence and killed his stepmother. However, after an intelligence-based interrogation, he eventually confessed to the crime and named his accomplices.
Detectives from State CID, Awka, swiftly mobilized in search of the accomplices which led to the arrest of three additional suspects, namely; Peter Jideofor, aged 23 years, Chukwuemeka Christopher, aged 29 years and Chisom Emmanuel Dike, aged 22 years.
They have all confessed to the crime and disclosed that it was the deceased’s stepson who contracted them to come and kill the deceased to enable them transfer the sum of N1 million from her account, having known her phone password. The suspects will soon be charged to court”
The stepson claimed during his procession that he had to recruit friends to help him perform the act after the deceased, who had been helping him pay his expenses, ordered he leave her residence due to a misunderstanding.
In his words;
“I finished writing JAMB and was doing some menial jobs to enable me raise money for my university fees. I also worked for NPC 3 months ago. I had misunderstanding with my mom, along the line and she scolded me. I pleaded with her, thinking she’s forgiven me. But the next day she asked me to leave the house. I called my dad and elder brother to inform them of the development but my dad didn’t pick. It was my brother who picked that I told what happened
After, I called my friends to help me get money from my mom so I can use it for my fees ahead of my admission. Along the line, she collapsed and slumped. I’m very remorseful and praying God to have mercy on me and the government to forgive me.”
According to one of the conspirators, musician Peter Jideofor, who admitted to tying the dead woman’s lips shut as she tried to scream, they wouldn’t have killed her if she had given them her pin number.
“He told me he had an issue with his step mother that I should help him extract N1m from her. It was around 2am, with my other guys. We tied her hands and feet. When she wanted to shout, I personally tied her mouth. In the process, she stopped breathing. It was at that point I left because my mission was not to kill. When I was leaving, I told the guy to keep checking on her every 30minutes.
But it was in the morning she told us that she’s dead. All of us were in shock and fled, but I stayed indoors until the day I was arrested. I must confess that I didn’t plan to kill her. I feel very guilty. This is my first time. I’m 24 years. We had planned to do transfer but she refused to provide the pin number.”