By; NWOGHA NDUBUISI ANDY, Abakaliki
The lifeless body of a nursing mother, one Mama Ebuka, was on Monday 13 January, 2020 found in a gutter in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
It was gathered that the said woman, until her death, was nursing a 2-week old baby girl, whom she gave birth to, on January 1, 2020.
Mama Ebuka’s lifeless body, it was equally gathered was found inside a gutter, around Enugu North Transport Company park, at VANCO area, in the Abakaliki metropolis, half-burnt.
Our reporter learnt that that the woman left home for morning Mass on Sunday, but could not return that day. The development, it was further learnt, led the husband to report at the State’s Police Headquarters, of his wife’s disappearance.
It was alleged that she announced to family members of her intention to observe a ‘spiritual’ custom, at the Chapel that Sunday morning.
Our Correspondent, who visited Awolowo Street residence of the woman, found that her family apartment, was under lock and key.
A source, who is close to the deceased’s family, told us on condition of annonymity, that the woman’s family members took her corpse to her village, “Somewhere” in the Izzi Local Government Area, of the state, for burial, on Tuesday.
According to the source, the cause of the woman’s death and those behind it, was yet to be ascertained.
“This woman, simply called Mama Ebuka, prepared on Sunday morning and said she was going for morning Mass at the Chapel. She didn’t come back again. Nobody saw her again, until Monday morning, when her body was found.
“She just just put to bed. I’m not wrong, she put to bed on January 1st, 2020. She didn’t go with the baby. She has four children. There is no point wanting to speak to any of the family members, because they have traveled home to bury her,” the source said.
When contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.
She told us that the matter was being investigated to unravel the true cause of the woman’s death, adding that it would do the public some good if they formed the habit of sharing information with the police.
Describing the woman’s death as unfortunate, Odah added, “We are aware of the matter and police are investigating it.
“The woman was half-burnt when she was found in the gutter and I think the family saw no need of keeping the corpse for too long. She was kill and half-burnt. It was recorded that she was staying at Awolowo Street, Abakaliki.
“We have not been able to actually unravel the real cause of her death and this is why we call on members of the public to avail with any useful information that would help us to do proper investigation.
“We specially call on those who know her very well, including those who stay close to where her body was found, to give us information. We learnt that she was found in a gutter around Enugu North Mass Transit Park, at VANCO area. Those with useful information should not hasitate to give the police such information, in order for us to do real and serious investigation on the matter.
“So we appeal groups or individuals to help us in this investigation, either by sending text messages to our numbers. They may not really come up openly to drop such pieces of information. Also, we don’t divulge the names and contacts of those who give us information; we have been covering people.”