Three suspects were paraded by the Nigeria Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command on Monday in connection with the murder of Stephanie Terungwa, the Abuja female member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) who went missing with her 3-year-old child a few weeks ago.
CP Sunday Babaji, the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, told reporters that the Maitama Division had received information regarding the body of a middle-aged woman lying on the road on April 15.
On receiving the information, crime scene investigators (CSI) were quickly dispatched to the area and removed the body to the hospital, where a doctor on duty confirmed her death.
He stated the initial attempt to profile the victim’s face failed owing to her disfigured face, which he felt was caused by exposure to a corrosive substance.
According to the CP, a discreet inquiry revealed that the dead was indeed Stephanie Terungwa, a 26-year-old Corp member who lives with one Edward Achadu in City Homes Estate Lokogoma.
He claimed it was discovered on April 14 that she had left home with her three-year-old child and never returned.
“The son was found a day later at Holy Trinity Catholic Church after a call was made to one of the Paternal relatives.
“Three suspects were arrested after meticulous investigations by Tactical and Intelligence assets of the Command assigned to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID).”
He identified the suspects as a 26-year-old woman, a 36-year-old man, and a 35-year-old man, all of whom live in the Oguta Lake area of the FCT,” he said.
According to Babaji, the suspects plotted and murdered the deceased in order to separate her from Edward Achadu so that Jenifer Tsembe, the female suspect and Edward’s estranged lover, could have him all to herself.
According to him, the investigation has been stepped up in order to uncover new information that could lead to the arrest of any fleeing participants in the criminal act.
He stated that after the investigation was completed, the individuals would be charged in court.
The deceased only came to her house to collect her phone the day she was found dead, according to the female suspect, who denied any involvement in the crime.
She claimed that the male suspects told her that they planned to kidnap the deceased and demand a ransom.
Another suspect, who claimed to be a female suspect’s colleague, claimed that she invited him to help her scare the deceased away from her lover.
He claimed his sole contribution was to unlock the gate for Stephanie when she arrived at Tsembe’s house.
He stated that before he left the premises, he encountered two other individuals who bound the corps member, and that he later learned of the victim’s murder.
Another male suspect claimed that the female suspect hired him to help her scare the deceased, along with his friend who is still at large.
He said he did not kill the corps member, instead holding and tying her as the female suspect commanded before leaving the residence.
He claimed that the female suspect called him later that night to invite him to her home, and that he arrived to find the deceased in a horrific state, bathed in acid.
He said the female suspect was crying and claimed she didn’t know why she killed the victim.
“She grabbed my arm and begged me to help her dispose of the body, following which she summoned someone to bring her a car.”
“The person left the car, which we later utilized to carry the body to the location where we discarded it at around 3 a.m.,” he said.
He claimed the female suspect had paid him N100,000.