Rivers State University has been enveloped in grief over the death of a final year law student who was allegedly raped and stabbed to death at early hours of Tuesday, December 10 in her off-campus apartment in Eagle lsland area of the oil city.
The 24-year old, victim, who was identified as Matilda Itonyo Mark, was said to have been raped and then brutally stabbed by her assailants inside her off-campus apartment close to Eagle Island part of Port Harcourt.
Matilda’s body was found in a pool of blood in the early hours of Tuesday, December 10.
An ambulance accompanied by security personnel was sighted at the scene of the incident, taking the corpse away.
According to a source, who spoke to PUNCH not TheNigeriaLawyer on condition of anonymity, the victim was also a ballet dancer, who performed at the Salvation Ministry’s headquarters in Port Harcourt during the 57th birthday celebration of the church’s founder.
The source explained that the victim’s apartment was forced open in the night by her killers, who raped her before stabbing her to death, a development that forced most of her course mates to shun their classes on Tuesday.
It was learnt that the victim lived in the apartment with other female students but on the night of the incident, she was alone.
“Her killers broke into the victim’s room near the Rivers State University campus main gate. The compound is close to other houses; we only know her as Matilda and she is 24 years old. She danced ballet at Salvation Ministries during our Papa’s 57th birthday celebration.
“When the news broke on Tuesday, her friends and other final year law students could not attend classes because of the shock. I heard that Matilda used to live with two other female roommates, who were not at home that night when the incident happened.”
But the Rivers State Police Command has assured that its homicide detectives will do everything within their powers to bring to book the suspected rapists and murderers of the final year student Mark to justice.
The Command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, also a Lawyer, confirmed the incident. He added that the lifeless body of the lady has been evacuated and deposited at a morgue, while assuring the crack team of homicide detectives have been detailed to unravel the senseless killing.
Omoni also said the immediate family of the young lady has been contacted and they are helping the Police with information to unravel the mysterious murder.
The friends of the late Miss Itonyo Maltida Mark have been lamenting that she was a creative dancer, hairstylist full dreams for the future.
Our Correspondent reports that there was an outpouring of grief when an ambulance accompanied by security personnel evacuated her remains from her apartment in Eagle Island, Port Harcourt.