Imo Police update on reported stabbing of ‘pregnant woman’ by escaped prison inmate

There was a report days ago that a pregnant woman was stabbed to death in Imo state by an escaped prison inmate.

The man was thereafter attacked by locals and relatives of the victims who wanted to lynch him.

Police however arrived at the scene and tried to take the suspect away to the station but relatives of the victim put up a resistance as they insisted on dealing with the suspect themselves.

Well, the Imo State Police Command, has given an update about the incident.

In a statement, the police said the woman is still alive but unconscious and, she is not pregnant. The police also said the suspect is in a hospital receiving treatment for the injuries inflicted on him by an angry mob.

Imo State Police Public Relations Officer Michael Abattam said in a statement:

“Sequel to a report that, on 19/6/2022 at about 1020 hours, a young man, Ifeanyi Chikere Okoro ‘m’ of No. 4 Bus Stop Area,Old Nekede road Owerri, stabbed a pregnant woman, Mrs Sandra Onyema ‘f’ of the same address, in the stomach and she died on the spot and irate mobs were about lynching the young man. 

“The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Umuguma Divisional Police Headquarters Owerri,  immediately dispatch two police patrol teams to the scene. Unfortunately, before their arrival, the irate mob who were in their numbers, had inflicted several matchete cuts of various degrees on the suspect, Ifeanyi Chikere Okoro, threatening to lynch him, when they were stopped by the police operatives, after several pleas.

“The police operatives who were professional in their conduct, on rescuing the suspect from the hands of the irate mob, hastily took him to Police Medical Center Owerri, after being rejected by two renowned hospitals. He is presently on admission in the intensive care unit of the hospital receiving treatment.

“Meanwhile, the said pregnant woman whom the irate mob presumed died is alive but unconscious receiving treatment in Holy Family Hospital Ikenegbu Owerri, Imo State. More so, she is not pregnant.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde, psc (+), while commending the officers and men for their timely intervention condemned the action of the irate mob. Stressing that, it is barbaric and unacceptable in law. He advised imolities to always shun self help in criminal matters rather they should always resort to the rule of law.”