have emerged on the tragic death of 25-year-old Cynthia Nwafi, who was
killed by her fiancé, Friday Njoku, 30, who then committed suicide after
committing the crime.
2017, in Aguogboriga axis of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
learnt from a member of the local vigilance group that helped to convey
Cynthia to the hospital before she died that she had been allegedly
warned by some neighbours about her alleged inordinate relationship with
men. They told a story of how she allegedly dumped her first fiancé who
paid for her shop and bought some electronic devices.
first man who wanted to marry her. It was that first man that paid for
the container (shop) where she was sewing clothes and bought her a
20inch foam mattress, electronics and other home appliances.
killed her (Njoku) for a man who works in the National Obstetrics
Fistula Centre, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki. In fact, I learnt
that Njoku had warned that one to leave his girlfriend alone, saying
that he had already taken palm wine to her family,” the vigilante told Sunday Sun.
she would dump another man in the same manner. She actually dumped that
first man for this man that killed her. That man working in the hospital
is very lucky. He could have been the one that Friday would have
killed,” he narrated.
the day. Njoku swore to her that nobody else would marry her apart from
himself. I learnt that the girl replied him that he was not serious. We
learnt that the guy had met with her family, to declare his interest.
the hospital guy exchanged words. Njoku reportedly told him to steer
clear off his fiancé. Then, on Thursday night, the guy killed both the
girl and himself. We did further investigation and learnt that her
landlord had warned her about Njoku, who he felt had a weird character,”
the vigilante said.
lovebirds had been in a relationship for quite a time. Njoku was said to
have taken wine to the parents and relatives of his girlfriend to
indicate his intention to marry her and was accepted by Cynthia’s
family. He was making arrangements to walk her down the aisle before the
allegation that their daughter was unfaithful to her lover. Although
they admitted that the late Njoku had made known his intention to marry
Cynthia, their marriage had not been sealed, hence, he had no moral
justification to lay claims to her.
who debunked the allegation of infidelity queried: “How could Friday say
my sister was unfaithful when they were not living together, they were
not legally married?”
“Around 1 O’Clock in the night, I got information that one Friday Njoku
from Ebonyi Local Government Area stabbed my sister to death. I went to
the state police headquarters, Abakaliki and reported the matter. I
learnt that the assailant killed himself after stabbing my sister to
death. I also went to the mortuary and saw his corpse. Friday Njoku was
my sister’s fiancé. He had not actually concluded the marriage rites but
he had brought drinks for us and the family accepted him, the girl also
Friday was also living in his house. They had not been joined together
as the tradition demands but we were all aware that Friday was Cynthia’s
fiancé though he had not paid her bride price. Friday was a motorcycle
operator; my sister a fashion designer.
Even, Friday came to my house a day before he killed my sister. How
could Friday say my sister was unfaithful when they were not living
together, they were not legally married?” Meshark added.
that the doctors were allegedly reluctant to treat her. He said that
the doctors had requested for police report before they could touch her.
Sadly, Cynthia who had already lost much blood gave up the ghost on the
before they could handle her. So by the time police arrived, she was
already down. She lost a lot of blood.
kind of wound, they would tell you to bring police extract and you
should bring money while you come. It is not proper,” another member of
the vigilance group said.
the Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, Dr Nnadozie Ugochukwu,
said that doctors attended to the late Cynthia immediately.
die in FETHA because you don’t have money. In the first 24 hours of your
presentation, definitely you’ll receive all levels of care. It does not
matter what is needed so far it is available in the hospital.
to save life. When this report came it was strange. You can see on the
folder, what is written here is ‘Not Yet Paid” he said.
assault case should come with a policeman; not police report. Police
should be the witness for any assault. And when there’s none at that
point in time, any nearby person that can identify such a person is
required by law.
report, there was nothing mentioned about that. And when you’re talking
about requesting for money, the bill has not been settled. So it does
not tally,” he added.
fatally, subsequently committed suicide in his house. He was said to
have drank a poisonous substance.
residence of his lover located on No. 5 Amachi Street, along Odunukwe
Street and stabbed her all over the body with a knife before bolting
on condition of anonymity said Cynthia was cooking late in the night
while also handling some other domestic chores when her lover arrived at
the impending doom, opened the door to receive her boyfriend. She was
said to have returned to the kitchen when Njoku came from behind and
stabbed her on her chest and other parts of her body severally and ran
away leaving her in the pool of her blood.
learnt, was also attacked by the assailant. She was said to have
hastily ran back to her apartment with a knife cut on her hand.
that the victim had raised the alarm, calling on her neighbours to come
to her rescue. But given the ungodly hour of the incident, coupled with
the light rain showers, the neighbours who were apparently
eavesdropping on the rowdy scene from their apartments did nothing to
left in her, Cynthia stood up from the pool of her blood and staggered
to the gate of one of her neighbour, banging and calling out for help.
point that their team arrived at the scene and took her to the Federal
Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
number. When we put a call to it, her attacker picked and said that it
was a wrong number. From the way he was breathing, we knew he was
Relations Officer (PPRO), Loveth Odah, an Assistant Superintendent of
Police, confirmed the death of the two lovebirds. She said that
investigation was still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.