Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
A 26-year-old lady, Miss Ugochukwu Nworie, has been raped to death by a gang of rapists in Ebonyi State.
The incident, it was gathered, happened at Hope-in Hotel, No. 9, Ngbowo Street, Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State.
Investigations reveal that the victim arrived in the hotel in the company of a group of young men late in the night for lodging accommodation.
Sources familiar with the incident explained that the lady was, however, found dead in the hotel room after the door was opened in the day time with her legs, hands and mouth tied up.
The incident was confirmed by the Ebonyi State Police Command on Thursday.
Police Spokesperson, Loveth Odah, vowed that Police will arrest and prosecute the killers.
She said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Aliyu Garba, had directed a thorough investigation of the matter.
The Spokesperson disclosed that efforts were on top gear to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators accordingly to serve as a deterrent to possible offenders.
She stated that preliminary investigation indicates that the Lady was gang-raped, as more than 12 used condoms were discovered in the room.
“Investigation is still on-going and we will continue to update the media and public as we unravel more details on the matter,” she said.
The Police Spokesperson also said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kpirikpiri Police Division in the state, indicated that the incident happened in Hope-in Hotel, situated at 9, Ngbowo street, Abakaliki.
“The DPO reported that the incident happened while on a routine check on the hotel. A room not accounted for was discovered.
“So the DPO decided to enquire from the receptionist, who told him that the guests in the room were unknown to him.
“Efforts to open the room proved abortive until he requested for the spare key to open the door, only to discover a lifeless body of the lady, naked and her legs, hands with mouth tied to the bed in the room,” Odah said.
She said the corpse has been deposited at a morgue.
The Spokesperson described the incident as unfortunate and an offence against humanity.
She warned the general public, especially young ladies, to be careful of the type of friends they keep and where they go to especially at night.