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She died in her sleep – UNIPORT student denies killing girlfriend

Damian Okoligwe, the 24-year-old suspect in the killing of his 20-year-old girlfriend, Justina Otuene, has denied being responsible for her death.

The student of the University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT, denied the allegation during an interview with journalists at the Rivers Police Command Headquarters, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt.

The suspect who said he was sick when the deceased visited his home, claimed he noticed his girlfriend was lifeless when he woke up.

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He further claimed that he went to his brother’s house for treatment and returned three days later to dispose of the deceased’s body, because he believed people will accuse him of killing her.

The 400-level Petrochemical Engineering student denied harvesting any organ from Justina’s body, claiming that her remains were still intact.

Okoligwe said, “I was very sick that morning, and when I went to the room to check on her, she was still sleeping. I went back to the parlor, I laid down because I was very sick. I was calling her but she was not responding. I had to go back to check on her.

“I went to check on her, she was not moving at all. She was very stiff and strong. After that, I did not know what to do, I had to carry her body into another room, and then I called my brother to come to my place.

“He came, and then he took me out of the place. He did not know there was anybody in my house. He took me to his place. That was where I received my treatment. I was thinking if I report the issue, I will be blamed for everything. So, I was trying to wrap her body and get rid of it, which was very wrong of me to do.

“As I came back that Wednesday to come and wrap her body, that was the Wednesday the police came. I did not remove any of her body parts.”

The suspect added that the deceased took a Bolt ride to his house on her own, noting that she was supposed to leave the same night but he slept off.