Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Corpse Of Old Woman Missing Since 2003 Found In Son’s Cupboard

The police in Imo have arrested one Chimezie Osuigweh, a retired vice-principal, for the alleged murder of his 78-year-old mother in 2003. The 64-year-old man was arrested after the embalmed body of the septuagenarian was discovered in a cupboard at his house by a family member.

Alhaji Mohammed Katsina, Imo Commissioner of Police, said the woman, Mrs Lucy Osuigweh, was declared missing since 2003. Katsina told newsmen at the house in Ejemekuru in Oguta Local Government Area on Monday that the embalmed body had been kept in that condition since 2003.

"The corpse of Mrs Lucy Osuigweh, who was declared missing in 2003 was found in a large cupboard inside a shrine in a private room in a circumstance depicting ritual practice.
"The embalmed body, which was kept in that condition for about 10 years, is believed to have been placed in the wardrobe by her son, Dr Chimezie Osuigweh, a devotee of the Guru Maharaji Sect.
"Preliminary assessment of the scene of crime revealed that the woman must have been murdered by the son for ritual purposes," he said. The commissioner said plans were on to arrest other members of the sect who visit Osuigwe's shrine.

He said the body would be handed over to the forensic team of the command to determine the cause of death. He also said the suspect would be held for first degree murder until the cause of death was established.

Answering questions from newsmen, Dr. Osuigweh said the mother died out of accident and she went in to answer natural call as at the time he was meditating.
He said the mother had been sick and could not speak and immediately she died midnight around 2004 he went and carried her from where she was before down into his room.
Osuigweh, who said he is a member of Guru Humaraji sect, also said he was able to embalm his mother through the advice of a medical doctor whom he claimed is dead now.

A brother to the woman, Onyima Marcellenus, who expressed sadness over the killing and drying up of his sister, said Osuigweh whom he said has no wife and children did not allow anybody to come closer to the compound because of his religious activities.

Source: DailyTrust