suspect in the death of a young woman, Joy Odama. According to a
statement released earlier today by a police spokesman Jimoh Moshood,
Mr. Adamu is being detained as the police continue their investigation
into the circumstances surrounding Ms. Odama’s death in the suspect’s
apartment in Abuja.
Apart from Ms. Odama’s death, another young woman in the suspect’s
residence, Victoria Ezekiel, fell gravely ill but was resuscitated at
the Federal Medical Center in Jabi, Abuja.
The police spokesman disclosed that the Mr. Adamu’s investigation for
culpable homicide began after a law firm representing Philomena Odama,
the mother of the deceased young woman, wrote a petition to the
Inspector General of Police. In the petition, dated January 5, 2017,
Mrs. Odama urged the IGP to order an investigation into her daughter’s
death in Mr. Adamu’s apartment.
The late Joy Odama was a second-year student of Mass Communication at
Cross River State University of Technology. The police statement said
she “died mysteriously in the flat of Alhaji Usman Adamu located at Ibro
Quarters, Karmo, Abuja on 21/12/2016.”
According to the police report, on December 18, 2016, one Elizabeth
Okpata James asked Ms. Joy Odama to go with her to Mr. Adamu’s house
along with another woman, Martha Hassan. The report added that Mrs.
Philomena Odama later met Mr. Adamu “who promised to offer her a job
Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).” On December 20,
2016, the suspect requested that Joy Odama come to his apartment to help
take care of his ill house-help while he sought the services of a
However, when Joy Odama’s mother called the
suspect the next day to ask after her daughter, Mr. Adamu reportedly
pretended not to know the young woman. The next day, the distraught
mother was invited to Karmo Police Division where she was informed that
her daughter, Joy Odama, and Victoria Ezekiel had become unconscious the
previous day in Mr. Adamu’s home and were rushed to the Federal Medical
Center, Jabi where her daughter Joy Odama was pronounced dead but the
other young woman regained consciousness.
The police said the
hospital placed Ms. Ezekiel on oxygen and treated her for conditions
that included carbon monoxide poisoning, dehydration, vomiting, and
The police spokesman disclosed that two autopsies were done at the
National Hospital, Abuja to ascertain Ms. Joy Odama’s cause of death. He
said the first autopsy, done by Dr. Jibrin Paul, was inconclusive, but
the second, carried out by Dr. Wilson Akhinwu, determined that the cause
of death was “carbon monoxide poisoning from generator fumes”
aggravated by “a pre-existing cardiomyopathy.” The autopsy ruled out the
presence of cocaine in the deceased.
The police spokesman revealed that Mr. Adamu would remain in
detention, adding that the case file would be sent to Federal Director
Public Prosecutions for legal advice and further action.
The police urged the family of Ms. Odama to remain patient, promising
that police investigators would do a thorough job and ensure that
justice was done in the case.