A woman, identified as Jenifer Nwokocha, was on Thursday strangled to death in a hotel room along Woji Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
The victim, an indigene of Umuekenyike, Obirikom in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of the state, was said to be in her mid-20s.
Her lifeless body was discovered in the hotel room with a white piece of cloth tied around her neck.
A relative of the victim, who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on condition of anonymity, said the deceased was also an employee of the hotel.
He said, “The victim was my niece, I knew that she was working in the hotel, but I do not know the kind of work she was engaged to do.
“Her late father worked with an oil company, but after he died, Jenifer started having disagreements with her step mother because she (the victim’s step mother) refused to give her some of the severance money of her late father and as a result of that, she had to cater for her needs.”
Another source at the hotel, who did not want her name mentioned, told our correspondent that Jenifer’s killer had already escaped before her corpse was found.
The source said, “The deceased body was discovered on Thursday morning after the hotel room service knocked at the door several times but there was no response.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that some suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder.
“Investigation had commenced into the incident; some persons have been picked. They are helping the police in unravelling the incident and to identify the culprit,” he said.