JUSTICE is usually delayed but when it eventually comes, it is sweet, refreshing, calms frayed nerves but leaves an unforgettable remembrance in the psyche of the victim’s family, relations and acquaintances.
Three years ago (2016), a 22-year-old student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State, Chukwudi Onweniwe, strangled his girlfriend, Nifemi Adeyeoye, to death after raping her in a farm in Ogbese, Akure North area. He was later charged to court in 2017. Chukwudi confessed to the police then that “l only killed her for the fun of it”.
While Chukwudi was a part-time student of the Department of Science and Laboratory Technology (SLT), Nifemi was an HND student in the same institution. On the fateful day, he reportedly took his deceased “to a farm near Alayere, Ogbese, raped her and then snuffed life out of her by choking her.”
Narrating how he killed her three years ago in his confession, Chukwudi, whose parents are farmers in Ayede-Ogbese community in the state, said: “I invited her from Owo to Akure and, after introducing her to my parents, I lured her into a bush and strangled her, leaving her body in the bush.
“On the second day, I asked a commercial motorcycle rider to take me to the bush where I had left her. I observed that she was not dead, I used a stone to hit her head repeatedly and she died immediately. “My parents became curious when they did not see her and I was arrested by the police.
“I did not remove any part of her body; I only killed her for the fun of it. I made love to her in the bush before killing her. I am not a cultist. It was when I killed her that I realized I made a big mistake and I wept bitterly.
“The devil pushed me into killing her.” Fast-forward – killer boyfriend sentenced to death by hanging for rape and murder Last week, the killer boyfriend was sentenced to death by hanging by the court for the murder of his girlfriend. Chukwudi was brought before the High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, on May 22, 2017 on a four-count charge of endangering life, kidnapping and abduction, rape and murder.
The prosecutor, Jumoke Ogunjebi, told the court that the accused person abducted the deceased and took her “to a farm near Alayere, Ogbese, raped her and then snuffed life out of her by choking and strangulating her to death”. A police officer, Inspector John Aderibigbe, who gave evidence in the case, quoted a motorcyclist as reporting the suspicious movement of the accused person and the deceased. Aderibigbe said, “It was a motorcyclist who reported the suspicious movement of the accused person and the deceased at the police station”.