Sandra Ukele

It has been revealed that one Mrs Philomena Odama has filed a petition to the Inspector Genaral of Police through Lady Rose Mbata and Co. on culpable homicide by Alhaji Usman Adamu in Abuja recently.

In a statement signed by the force public relations officer CSP Jimoh Moshood on thursday, the complainant who is the mother of the deceased alleged, among other things,that her daughter Miss Joy Odama, a 200-level  student of Department of Mass Communication, Cross River State University of Technology died  mysterious  in the flat of Alhaji Usman Adamu located at Ibro Quarters, karmo, Abuja on 21/12/2016.

Mrs Odama stated that on 18th December, 2016, one Miss Elizabeth Okpata James approached her late daughter and pleaded with her to escort her to the house of Alhaji Usman Adamu in the company of another girl named Martha Hassan.

That she, Philomena Odama (the mother) later met Alhaji Usman Adamu who promised to offer her daughter a job with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Consequently, on 20/12/2016, the said Alhaji Usman Adamu sent for the deceased, Joy Odama to come and help in taking care of his house-help who was sick, while he sought the services of a medical doctor.

That she (the mother) later called the next day to ascertain what had happened to her daughter but the suspect Alh. Usman Adamu feigned ignorance of the person of Joy Odama (the deceased).

Subsequently, on 21/12/2016, Mrs Odama was invited to Karmo Police Division, where she was informed that the two girls (Joy Odama now deceased and Victoria Ezekiel the survivor) who were in Alhaji Usman Adamu house the previous day became unconscious and were taken to Federal Medical Centre, Jabi- Airport Road, where her daughter Joy Odama was confirmed dead and the other girl remained consciousness.

The statement adds that at the Federal Medical Center, Jabi Victoria Ezekiel was placed on life support and treated for conditions which included carbon monoxide poisoning, dehydration, vomiting and headaches.She later regained consciousness and later discharged in the evening.

Preliminary investigations reveals that the principal suspect Alh. Usman Adamu is the owner of Flat 3, Ibro Quarters Karimo Abuja, where Joy Odama was found dead in the morning of 21/12/2016.

To ascertain the actual cause of death of Joy Odama, two autopsy examinations where carried out. The first Autopsy examination conducted by a Pathologist Dr. Jibrin Paul with National Hospital, Abuja was released to the Police on the 10th May, 2017 though not conclusive.

The second Autopsy examination conducted on the corpse of Joy Odama on 9th June, 2017 by another Pathologist Dr. Wilson Akhinwu was carried out in the presence of the first pathologist Dr. Jibrin Paul and witnessed by a private person one Augustine Okechukwu of Basic Rights Enlightenment Foundation at the same venue where the first autopsy was done at National Hospital, Abuja and was conclusive.

The first and the second autopsy reports were accepted as evidence and will be tendered in court along with the case file in the prosecution of the principal suspect Alh. Usman Ibrahim Adamu.

Before the suspect's arraignment in court the conclusion and opinion of the pathologist Dr. Wilson Akhinwu who conducted the second autopsy is that Miss Joy Odama now deceased died from carbon monoxide poisoning from generator fumes, which was contributed to by a pre-exiting cardiomyopathy and that no cocaine was found in her system.

The Police has therefore called on  the family of the deceased, the media and members of the public to exercise restraint and join hands with the Nigeria Police Force to ensure that justice prevails.


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