A 27-year-old lady identified as Chinyere Awuda has been found dead inside the swimming pool of Cosmila Hotel in Awka, capital of Anambra State, hence, the government has ordered closure of the hotel as investigation commence.
Penpushing reports that sources said the victim an indigene of Nnobi in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, was accused of picking some money that was being sprayed on a birthday celebrant at a party.
The victim on July 17,2023, was allegedly caught and subsequently beaten to death while her body dumped at the swimming pool, but the hotel management denied the claim and explained that the victim ran out after allegedly stealing part of the money being sprayed at the party and mistakenly fell into the pool, which they said, was long abandoned.
Penpushing further reports that family of the victim, however, alleged a cover-up by the hotel management, insisting that their daughter had bruises on her body when her body was recovered from the pool and that the police stopped them from taking photographs of the body.
The family as at the time of filing this report has appealed to the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Aderemi Adeoye, to carry out an investigation into the incident, while in similar vein, Police Public Relations Officer Tochukwu Ikenga said autopsy had been conducted on the body.
Penpushing also reports that the police spokesperson in a statement on Friday, said an autopsy report conducted on the victim’s body showed that drowning, not beating, was the cause of her death contrary to the claim.
“Contrary to claims that the deceased was beaten to death, the pathologist found no sign of trauma on the body. It would appear that she fell into the abandoned swimming pool and drowned’ Ikenga, a deputy superintendent of police, said.
The police spokesperson said the finding was in line with the initial report that the lady ran away over the allegation of stealing at the party and was not found afterwards, despite several efforts by some persons at the party.
Penpushing reports that the statement has it that the Commissioner of Police in the state, as at the time of filing this reports has directed that the case file be forwarded to the state’s attorney-general for vetting and legal advice.
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