In Onitsha, Anambra State, a brothel along the old market road,  a suspected commercial sex worker was found dead.

The deceased, simply known as Chisom from Enugu State, was claimed to have passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023, after washing dishes.

The brothel’s abandonment by its neighbors and predominantly sex workers has raised questions about the reason of her death.

She may have been strangled to death by an early caller over a money dispute, contrary to some reports, while others claim she poisoned herself and died as a result. Other speculations include that she hanged herself in her hotel room.

The deceased allegedly committed suicide after learning that her boyfriend had abandoned her for another woman, according to a neighbor who spoke to The Nation.

He said:

“She had a boyfriend who regularly lavish cash her. Even this previous Christmas the boy came to her with a bag of rice with #200,000, among other items and asked her to travel for Christmas and come back later,”

“When she returned, she was informed that her boyfriend had married. Since then she started acting strangely and just three days ago, she was spotted holding a rope on her hand.

“When questioned about why she was holding the rope she became aggressive and early in the morning, she swept her room and around 9am what we heard was that she has committed suicide in there.

“We saw her neck tied with a rope to the window in her room but the legs were touching the floor. So we don’t know if it was suicide since no foam was coming out from her mouth but her tongue was out.”

Operatives from the nearby Onitsha Area Police Area Command visited the hotel at around 12.30 p.m. and left with a few hotel staff members before returning with an ambulance and took the body away.

Investigation has started, according to DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, a spokesperson for the State police Command who confirmed the incident.

He said:

“There was no suicide note found in the room to suspect suicide. We’re looking at every possibility to figure out circumstances surrounding the death.”