Terungwa Stephanie, a late 26-year-old National Youth Service Corps member, was allegedly killed by exposure to a corrosive substance, according to the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji.
The commissioner made the revelation while questioning three suspects in connection with her death at the FCT Police Command in Abuja on Monday.
Jenifer Tsembe ‘female’, 26, Monday Simon (a.k.a. Black)’male’, 36, and Solomon Abu’male’, 35 are the suspects.
Babaji revealed that the suspects planned to kidnap the victim in order for Jennifer to have exclusive access to her alleged lover, Edward Achadu.
He said, “Our investigation revealed that the suspects criminally conspired and murdered the victim to separate her from Edward Achadu so that Jennifer Tsembe, one of the suspects and an estranged lover of Edward, could have him all to herself, especially for pecuniary benefits.
According to The PUNCH, she only planned to kidnap Jennifer and demand a ransom from Achadu, not to kill her.
She also claimed that one of the other male suspects, Solomon, planned the abduction.
However, the other suspects admitted that Tsembe, who is friends with the deceased, devised the plan for the deceased to come to her house and request their assistance in tying her up when she arrived.
They claimed that after they had finished their part, Tsembe told them to leave the suspect, deceased, and her child behind.
Tsembe had called Simon after he had left to say she needed help with the body because the deceased had died, according to Simon. Black, on the other hand, claimed that by the time he arrived at the scene, the suspect had already bathed her in acid.
The Police commissioner, thereafter, said the Command had intensified investigation to reveal facts that could lead to further arrests of any other fleeing participant(s) in the criminal act.
He said, “The suspects will be charged to court. The command has intensified investigation to reveal facts that could lead to the arrest of any other fleeing participant(s) in the criminal act.
Stephanie went missing after she reportedly left home with her one year plus five-months-old son on April 14, 2022, and never returned. Her son was later recovered at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church upon a call placed through to one of the paternal relatives a day after.