Eunice Dwumfour (Media photo)

It’s been nearly three months since Sayreville councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot to death in front of her home–and national and local law enforcement agencies have been mum about the progress of the case, according to the recent reports, including a recent interview with the late woman’s Nigerian husband.

In a recent interview with a local television station, Dwumfour’s husband, Ezechukwu Peter Akwue, said his family had received minimal updates from the police regarding the status of the investigation into the murder of his wife. “We have received little information from the police about the investigation into the death of my wife,” Akwue said.

Dwumfour, 30, was one of a handful of African American Republicans in Sayreville and central New Jersey. She won her seat on the council in 2021 and served on several committees, including one that worked as a liaison between the council, community, and the police department. However, shortly after her murder, disturbing reports surfaced about critical comments she made late last year regarding law enforcement. In at least one instance, Dwumfour said, “I do not like the police.” And she spoke out about negative personal interactions with police. Her sharp and stinging public rebuke of the police prompted the president of the Sayreville Police Benevolent Association (PBA), David Sivilli, to file a formal complaint against Dwumfour with Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick in early January, less than a month before her murder.

Last week, Kilpatrick announced she would not seek re-election due largely to the controversy and public outrage regarding progress or lack thereof in the Dwumfour case. In a statement, Kilpatrick said, “Ive received some of the most vicious, nastiest language that I have ever even could consider being spewed out of a human being,” she said. She added that hateful rhetoric and vitriol regarding the case had been splashed over social media. Kilpatrick described one letter as so “heinous” that it was forwarded to the police for further examination. However, speculation is rife throughout Sayreville and elsewhere that Dwumfour was the victim of a targeted attack–following interviews with several eyewitnesses and surveillance video showing a suspect dressed in black running away from the scene shortly after the attack. 

Lastly, law enforcement officials at the Middlesex County Prosecutors’ office remain tight-lipped and largely reticent in sharing details and regular updates regarding the case status with the family or the media. Despite the snail’s pace crawl of the police investigation, Dwumfour’s husband remains cautiously optimistic. He told News 12 New Jersey that the killer of his “princess” will be found.”All your hope and effort is in that,” he said.

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact the Sayreville Police Department at 732-727-4444 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3477. This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.

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