Justina Otuene Nkang, a 300-level student at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), tragically lost her life in a horrifying incident involving her boyfriend, Collins, in what is suspected to be a ritualistic murder. Her lifeless and disfigured remains were discovered within Collins’ residence on NTA Road, Mgbuoba, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. This devastating event unfolded four days after her disappearance, following a visit to Collins from her workplace at a private hospital in the D/Line area of Port Harcourt.
Collins, who was apprehended by the police while attempting to dispose of her body, had mutilated and removed sensitive body parts, including her breasts and eyes. This ghastly act has sent shockwaves through the community, prompting a demand for justice and raising awareness about the grave issues of domestic violence and ritual killings in Nigeria.
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Here are the key details of the Justina Otuene Nkang tragic incident:
- On October 16, 2023, Justina Otuene Nkang was reported missing after leaving her hostel to visit her boyfriend, Collins, who resided along NTA Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
- Justina Otuene Nkang decomposing and mutilated body was discovered on October 25, 2023, within Collins’ apartment by estate security personnel who noticed an unpleasant odor and bloodstains emanating from his residence.
- Collins was taken into custody by the police as he attempted to dispose of Justina Otuene Nkang body using a wheelbarrow. He is suspected of removing her body parts, including her breasts and eyes, for ritualistic purposes, a practice associated with “Yahoo boys,” a term for internet fraudsters who use occult rituals to enhance their wealth.
- While Collins admitted to having a relationship with Justina Otuene Nkang, he claimed to have found her lifeless in his apartment. However, he denied involvement in her death or the dismemberment of her body. He alleged that he was unwell and failed to report her passing to the authorities, asserting that he lived alone in the apartment.
- The police have initiated a thorough investigation into the case and have transported Collins to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further questioning. They are also in the process of obtaining a search warrant to comb his residence for additional evidence.
Justina, being the only daughter and the fourth child in her family, was described as a diligent and peace-loving student with a promising future. She had been eagerly anticipating her upcoming birthday on October 28, 2023. Her brutal murder has left her family and friends in profound grief, as they fervently seek justice on her behalf.
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