Police have arrested one person in relation to the murder of Blessing Karami, an undergraduate student of the National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja.
The suspect, identified only as Aminu, is said to be the boyfriend of the late Karami.
He was detained by the Divisional Police Headquarters, Durumi, following an interrogation over her disappearance.
Blessing Karami, who was declared missing on September 11 when she boarded a taxi after work (read here), was found dead days later in the woods in the Karimo area of the Federal Capital Territory (read here).
Her elder brother, Genesis Moses Karami, told the police that he received a strange call giving details about his sister’s corpse on Tuesday, Sept. 19, but the lead turned out to be false.
“The caller said he saw a female body in Idu; so, we asked him to describe what she was wearing, and he told us exactly what we were told my sister wore to office the day she went missing,” Mr Karami told the police at the Durumi Divisional Police Headquarters on Wednesday.
Mr Karami told journalists that after he was unable to contact the Durumi DPO, he went to the police station at Karmo, but upon reaching there with a group of policemen, the caller kept toying with them as he kept changing location until they got tired and left.
He added: “We (later) saw her decomposed body in the bush here at Karmo; it’s not something we can move. We have to arrange with the environmental people to come and help us pack. We cannot travel with it. We have to bury it here. It seems she died for days due to the nature of the decomposition.”
Reacting to the development on Thursday, Sept. 21, the Federal Capital Territory Police Command Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, said the police were determined to uncover the cause of Miss Karami’s death.
Adeh said, “The body of Blessing Karami, a 26-year-old woman who had been missing since September 11, 2023, was tragically discovered in a wooded area in Karimo. Her disappearance was reported to the authorities on September 14, 2023.
“We wish to inform the public that our primary focus at this time, under the directive of the Commissioner of Police, FCT, Haruna Garba, is to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding Blessing Karami Moses’ untimely death.
“Our commitment to this case is unwavering, and we are determined to uncover both the immediate and remote causes of this tragic incident.
“While we are working closely with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board to facilitate the respectful retrieval of the decomposed remains, acknowledging the sensitive nature of this task, we will continue to provide updates to the public as our investigation progresses.”