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Domestic worker, others cut 72-year-old woman genitals

Onyebuchi Ezeh, a domestic worker, and two other fleeing suspects are accused of using a sharp object to cut some vital organs, including the genitals of a 72-year-old woman in Umunze, Orumba North Local Government Area, Anambra State.

On Thursday, the septuagenarian was at her home when Ezeh led the two other suspects inside.

While on the premises, the suspects pinned down the 72-year-old woman and allegedly used a sharp object to cut the woman’s genitals, ear, nipple, and fingers, among other things.

The suspects fled after committing the crime and left the septuagenarian for dead.

In a desperate bid for survival, the elderly woman raised the alarm while writhing in pain, and neighbors who heard her cries for help rushed her to the hospital for medical attention.

Ezeh was later apprehended, and during interrogation, he confessed that he and his accomplices committed the act on the orders of a yet-to-be-identified native doctor, who promised to make them wealthy if they brought the required organs.

Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, the media assistant to the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, confirmed the development to our correspondent on Sunday, saying the elderly woman was being cared for at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital in the state’s Amaku Awka area.

Ikeanyionwu also said the commissioner had visited the septuagenarian to monitor her condition.

Ikeanyionwu said, “The incident was discovered after the victim raised the alarm on Thursday. One of her workers alongside two other men stampeded her in her house and cut off her genital organs including her nipple, ear, and fingers, among others.

“The culprit, Onyebuchi Ezeh, who was later caught, confessed that they were sent by a native doctor to get the needed organs of the 72-year-old woman in order to become billionaires.

“The suspect hails from Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, and usually helps the victim in cutting palm trees. He was said to have explained that they embarked on the act because they wanted to get rich according to the assurances of the native doctor.”

Ikeanyionwu said the commissioner expressed sadness over the development but assured the victim that other persons involved in the crime would also be apprehended and charged to court.

According to her, the suspect is currently at the State Criminal Investigative Department of the Anambra State Police Command, Awka, and will soon be arraigned before the Children and Gender Based Violence Magistrate’s Court in the state.

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