By Eseoghene Emuke
Suspected ritualists have struck again in Abraka, the host community to the Delta State University in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, as a 18-year-old girl has been allegedly strangulated to death.
It was learnt that the deceased, Miss Favour Ogheneyenrohwo, was killed on Wednesday with her corpse packaged in a “Ghana-Must-Go” bag and dumped at refuse site in the once bubbling university community.
The incident, it was gathered, had led to palpable tension in the community since Favour’s death is coming barely seven months after suspected ritaulists murdered Elozino Ogege, a first-class final year student of the Mass Communication Department of the DELSU in Abraka community.
It was learnt that the lady was allegedly killed for suspected ritual purpose which has been the trend in the university community in recent times.
It was not clear at the time of filing this report if the late Favour was a student of the DELSU until she met her untimely death.
It was learnt that the 18-year-old girl was strangled to death and her remains kept in a ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bag by suspected ritualists operating in Abraka and its neighbouring environs Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
However, different sources figured her fleeing boyfriend as the mastermind of the gruesome killing of the victim.
It was gathered that her corpse was found on Thursday with pubic hairs shaved off by her suspected killers after she was murdered on Wednesday.
It was further learnt that violent marks indicating strangulation was seen on the deceased’s body.
While confirming the incident, a relation of the deceased, Miss Maureen Sunday, said her sister left with a boy after on their way to the market in waiting motorcycle also know as Okada but did not return on that fateful day.
Sunday contended that the deceased had received a call from a male at about 10 a.m, requesting that they meet at the Abraka Park.
A police source in the area, who confirmed the incident, said the said caller later traced the deceased to the road where she left with the boy and she did not return home that Wednesday.
The Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr Adeyinka Adeleke, confirmed the development when contacted on Friday.
Adeleke said “the lady in question was with the sister and she had a call. When she wanted to leave, she told her sister that it’s her boyfriend that she wanted to go and see.
“After some time she disappeared, they did not see her. the next day they saw her body tied in a sack in a plantain/ banana plantation and her boyfriend runaway.
“So it is not a ritual, but a murder case. The physical sign in her body shows in the neck that she was strangulated. Maybe somebody tempered with her neck and threw her body into the bush and now the boyfriend disappeared till now. He is on the run.
“If he had nothing to do with what happened, why did he disappear? Why is he on the run? That is exactly what happened; not ritual killing, but a case of murder. Her body has been taken to the mortuary.”