A middle -aged man , Mr . Friday Njoku , has committed suicide after he allegedly murdered his fiancée , Cynthia Nwofia , 25 , over suspicion of infidelity in Abakaliki , the Ebonyi State capital .
The late Nwofia was murdered at her Abakaliki residence around 11 . 30 pm on Wednesday , while the alleged killer , Njoku , committed suicide by drinking poison on Thursday .
Njoku , who hailed from Izzi LGA of the state , was an okada rider . He had been dating the late Nwofia for two years before the tragedy .
Addressing journalists in Abakaliki , Nwofia ’s elder brother, Mr . Mishak Nwofia , claimed that Njoku stabbed his fiancée to death.
He said the family had reported the matter to the police , adding that the remains of his sister had been deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Teaching hospital, Abakaliki , for an autopsy.
He said , “Friday Njoku was to become the husband of my late sister , having made his intention to marry her known . He even brought drinks to my family which was accepted , although both of them have not officially been joined together as husband and wife as the tradition demands .”
Nwofia debunked the allegation of infidelity against his sister .
One of the late Nwofia’ s neighbours , Mr . Michael Ugwu, explained that at about 11 pm on Thursday , he heard the panic cry of Nwofia ’s roommate , calling on neighbours that the victim was being stabbed with dagger by her fiancé in their room .
“When people rushed out to rescue her , Mr . Njoku ran out of Cynthia ’s room and escaped through a bush path . We hurriedly conveyed the girl to the Federal Teaching hospital Abakaliki where doctors on duty confirmed her dead ,” he said .
Efforts to get the reaction of Njoku ’s family proved abortive when our correspondent visited his residence on Friday as none of his family members were around .
Confirming the incident , Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Lovet Odah, said the police had commenced a full investigation into the matter to unravel the circumstances surrounding the murder of the deceased and the suicide case .
“Our special anti -robbery squad , visited Njoku ’ s residence and found him dead . With him was a bottle of chemical and there were stains of the poison in his mouth ,” Odah said .