Joy Onuh Ogochukwu, a 24-year-old graduate of Mass Communication from the Benue State University who is also an online trader has been reportedly raped and killed in Makurdi, the state capital by unknown assailants.
Before she was brutally murdered Joy sold clothes online and was said to have received a call on Tuesday night from someone who posed as a customer.
The mother of the deceased, Mrs Grace Onoh, a widow with three children and native of Obollo Afor, Enugu State, said, Joy who was her first child told her that she was going to North Bank after she received a call from someone to come to a particular place at North Bank, a suburb of Makurdi to supply clothes.
Joy never returned from the delivery. Her body was found on Wednesday morning, October 20.
The deceased died a day before she was supposed to leave for National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, program.
Friends and colleagues have expressed their grief on various social media platforms.
Her brother, Kidee who confirmed the incident on Facebook, said Joy was raped, murdered and her body dumped at a roadside at Northbank along Federal housing, Makurdi, Benue state.
He wrote: “#Justice for joy….I can’t still believe she’s gone. She’s a young promising lady. She’s into a business which she started. She sells clothes and footwears which she normally posts online and gets an order for dropshipping. She supplies around Makurdi town.
“On 10/19/2021. She got a customer at North bank who placed an order of 2 turtle necks ….Which she went to deliver. She never returned home. We were all worried, and in search of her. Only to get the news of her murder at northbank along Federal housing makurdi Benue state…
“#justice for her I still can’t believe u are gone big sis.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene who confirmed the incident said a case of a missing person was reported to the Police and a search was conducted.
Anene said on 20th October 2021, Joy’s corpse was discovered at about 7am in a bush at Federal Low Cost.
“She was called to deliver goods at Federal Housing North Bank Makurdi and we later discovered her corpse in a bush. Investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of her death”, DSP Anene added.