The Commissioner of Police Enugu State Command, CP Ahmed Ammani has warned parents and guardians to be very careful of whom they entrust their wards to avoid disheartening situations as in the case of 9 year old Precious James Korshima.
The Commissioner stated this in the command’s bulletin with reference number AZ:5052/ENS/PPRD/VOL.1/175 dated Thursday 19th January, 2023 in the murder case of Miss Precious James Korshima.
The State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department’s investigation of the death of Miss Precious James Korshima reveals that her guardian, Ujunwa Ugwuoke on the night hours of 8th November 2022, beat and caused the death of the minor who was her house-help.
The unfortunate incidence happened in her residence at Fidelity Estate, Okpara Avenue, Enugu.
Ugwuoke, thereafter in the morning hours of the following day took the lifeless body of the child to University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla, for medical attention but on confirmation of her death by doctors on duty, she took the corpse and dumped it in a refuse dump site along Ugbo-Nwagidi Village Road, Enugwueze Uno-Ituku community in Awgu Local Government Area.
The suspect, Ugwuoke then travelled to Abakaliki in Ebonyi State and sent a false alarm claiming that she, her little child and the deceased were kidnapped on Wednesday 9th November 2022, on her way back home from Independence Layout, Enugu, where she had gone to refill her Gas Cylinder, and taken to an unknown destination.
She further claimed that the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of twenty million naira (N20,000,000.00) for each of them.
A week after the false alarm, on the 16th of November, 2023, the suspect resurfaced claiming the kidnappers spared her and her child’s life but shot the deceased dead.
Hence, the case, which was initially reported at New Haven Police Division as a case of kidnapping, was transferred to Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command and further transferred to the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu, upon her confessional statement.
On concluding the investigation, 29 years old Ujunwa Ugwuoke was on Thursday 19th January, 2023 arraigned in the Enugu North Magistrate Court;
The suspect was remanded in the Custodial Centre and the case-file transmitted to the Office of the Attorney General of Enugu State for perusal and legal advice, through the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), on the orders of the Magistrate.
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