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Centre demands speedy trial of Ondo girlfriend killer


The suspect, Oweniwe Chukwudi

The suspect, Oweniwe Chukwudi

A group in Ondo State, Kids and Teens Resource Centre (KTRC), has urged the police to quickly begin prosecution of a 22-year-old Oweniwe Chukwudi, who allegedly murdered his girlfriend, the late Miss Adeyeye Nifemi.

The Executive Director and convener of KTRC, Mr. Martin-Mary Falana, said this at the weekend in Akure during a programme titled: “State of Ondo State Child”.

He listed the four pillars of child’s right to include: survival, development, protection and participation, which he said were the fulcra that Children Parliament (CP) and the Child Right Monitoring and Implementation that have been abandoned for over a decade thrive on.

Falana noted that if Oweniwe had had the opportunity of such noble influence, he wouldn’t have killed his girlfriend because better values must have been instilled in him.

The 22-year-old National Diploma (ND) student of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Oweniwe, was paraded last week by the police alongside other suspects, including a woman, who was nabbed for chaining a six-year-old girl to a cage for five months.

The lovers, who were both part-time students of the department of Science and Laboratory Technology (SLT), went to the suspect’s house at Ayede Ogbese, where he later lured her to the bush and murdered her in cold blood.

Narrating what transpired between them in the relationship, which he said started in February, Oweniwe 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 left her; I observed she was still breathing. So, I used a stoned to hit her on the head and she died immediately.”

He refuted allegations that he committed the act for ritual purposes. “
I did not remove any part of her body; I only killed her for the fun of it. I made love with her in the bush before killing her. I am not a cultist. It was when I killed her that I realised I made a big mistake and I wept bitterly.”

At the KTRC programme, the Deputy Speaker of Children Parliament (CP), Miss Adeshina Mokunfayo and Miss Deinde Olubunmi, the CP Ambassador, decried the nonchalant attitude government and the society have placed on children’s welfare.

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