A 45-year-old woman, identified as Mrs. Susanna Iwuoha, has been raped and killed by suspected ritualists in Imo State.

Sussana, a mother of four, from Alaocha, Umuchiaku, in the Lowa-Okata autonomous community in Ihitte Uboma LGA, was found dead with her face dug into a local stream days after she left home to get cassava from her farmland.

The 15-year-old daughter of the deceased, Ugochi, said they had earlier gone to the farm together for weeding and returned home before her mother decided to go back later that day to harvest some crops.

Residents told reporters they believe the perpetrators were insiders who are familiar with the terrain.

During a visit to the community on Sunday, Commissioner for Special Projects, Simon Ebegbulem, appealed to residents to report any suspicious situation or persons to the police.

He assured the people that the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma would bring the culprits to book.

The DPO urged the residents to identify the culprits, noting that those who committed the crimes were no strangers to the locals.

“The issue is that it is a community affair. The community knows those people because they are living with them. They should come to the police to give us useful information. They will be protected.

“Traditional rulers, opinion leaders, vigilante groups, should assist us here. Security is not a one-man affair. This is the third case within this area,” the DPO said.


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