A 27-year-old Computer Science graduate of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Okonikhere Joy has been brutally murdered by her jealous boyfriend on the night of Sunday, December 4, 2016 after luring her to a hotel.
It was gathered that the night the girl was killed, there was a scuffle between them at a hotel in Orile area of Lagos. By morning, Joy’s corpse was discovered by workers at the hotel, prompting them to alert the police.
Suddenly, the unidentified boyfriend disappeared without a trace.
According to Punch, workers at the hotel recalled noticing that there was a scuffle inside the hotel room where Joy and her boyfriend lodged the night before. When the case was reported to the police, a manhunt was instantly launched for the suspect.
Two suspects have been arrested by the police. One of them is the purported boyfriend, who has not been identified by the police. A CCTV showed the suspect leaving the hotel.
One of Joy’s friends, May Ebute, said, “I just spoke with her brother and he confirmed the news. The murderer is presently cooling off in a police cell. I wish l could find the words to express the anger l am feeling right now,” she said.
The supect confessed to the police that he indeed had a fight with the deceased and that during the fight, he grabbed the neck of his girlfriend but he did not mean to kill her.
“I just put my hands on her neck to scare her, but she stopped breathing,” he was quoted as saying.
Joy, an Edo State indigene, was said to have graduated in 2014 and came to Lagos to look for a job. His father, Mr. Friday Okonikhere, was still grief-stricken over the incident.
He said, “I have never heard of the boy before. I think they must have met in Lagos. The police said they had acquired a CCTV footage that showed the perpetrator of the crime. But they have not shown it to me.
“She told me she was working in Lagos. Joy came to Lagos in search of a job. Her mother died four years ago. My daughter’s life is like a total waste now. At the moment when her life would have started becoming a glory, she was wasted.
“I feel very bitter and angry. I am looking at myself as a failure right now because I don’t know what I could have done to prevent my first daughter from being killed in such a way. I have been told there is going to be an autopsy soon. Once the autopsy is done, hopefully they would release the body to us.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Dolapo Badmos, said investigation was still ongoing in the case but confirmed that two suspects are currently in police custody.