… Alleged to have been killed by husband
… Transfer case to State CID Awka
By Ndu Chris Nwannah, ATM Guest Writer.
The Police Command in Anambra State has launched investigations into circumstances surrounding the death of a 31 year old married woman at Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area. The deceased, Mrs Uchechi Atansi, from Enugwu-Agidi in Njikoka Local Government Area was married to one Ikechukwu Atansi from Umudunu village, Isuaniocha in Awka North Local Government Area.
The decomposing body of the lady was discovered at their residence, Chima’s House in Ezimezi village Amawbia, following a distress call to the police on 26 March 2020. A release by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Anambra State Command, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, said the report followed unsual odour and hovering of flies noticed by neighbours of the deceased.
“On the 26 March 2020 at about 8:30am, distress call was received by the Central Police Station Awka that unusual odour was perceived by the neighbours oozing out from the room of one Ikechukwu Atansi, a male, at Chimas House Ezimezi, Amawbia in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State and that flies were seen hovering all over the premises.”
Mr. Mohammed said the police immediately swung into action and discovered the decomposing body of the woman after forcing open the door to her apartment. He noted that police detectives noticed marks of violence on the woman’s body with blood spills in the room.
“Following the report, a Police patrol team led by DPO Central Police Station Awka, CSP Chucks Nwoke, rushed to the scene, opened the door and discovered a decomposing body of a woman who was later identified as Mrs Uchechi Atansi, a female aged 31 years, of Enugwu-Agidi lying lifeless in the room. After careful analysis of the scene by police detectives, marks of violence were observed on the body of the victim and blood spilled all over the room.”
The statement stressed that “photographs of the victim as well as the scene were taken and corpse removed and deposited at Amaku General Hospital mortuary for autopsy after it was confirmed dead by a medical doctor.”
Mr. Haruna said a surprising twist to the incident was that the husband of the deceased, Mr. Ikechukwu Atansi, was with the corpse of his wife when the room was forced open. According to him, Mr. Atansi claimed that he was injected with a substance by some unknown persons, who may have killed his wife. The release further noted that the suspect was already helping the police in their investigations.
“Surprisingly, however, the deceased’s husband, one Mr. Ikechukwu Atansi, a male aged 49 years, of Umudum village in Isuanochia, was right inside the room with the deceased when the door was opened and could not give a satisfactory account of what actually transpired. Instead, the husband claimed that he was injected with a substance by unknown persons who according to him must have killed his wife. The husband was subsequently arrested and he is assisting the Police with useful information to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
Mr. Haruna announced that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang has directed for immediate investigation into the matter at the State CID, Awka.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang has ordered for immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal investigation department (CID) Awka for discreet investigation.”