The Benue State police command on Tuesday paraded four suspects in connection with the murder of a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, Mrs Margaret Igbetar.
Naija News recalls that the 72-year-old retired judge was murdered in her residence on Wantor Kwange Street in the Makurdi metropolis of the state on August 24.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bathelomew Onyeka, paraded the alleged culprits behind the murder of the judge.
According to Onyeka, on August 24, 2023, a case of culpable homicide involving the late Justice Igbetar (rtd) was reported to the command.
He said that a nephew of the deceased, Aondohemba Joseph, was arrested immediately after the report was made, adding that a more detailed and advanced investigation started when the case was transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) and handed over to the Operation Zenda investigative team to continue.
Onyeka said, “The suspect who eventually confessed to having planned and recruited other people to help him in killing his aunty led a team of detectives to Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area of the state where the following suspects were arrested; Igbazenda Gbidye 63 years old and Dzungwenen Ukor 40 years old.
“These suspects admitted that Aondohemba Joseph had reported to them that his father died and left so much property in the hands of his aunty (the deceased) and she had refused to hand the said property over to him. They agreed to join him in eliminating her so that he could have access to his property.
“One Akuhwa Barnabas 32 years old, a driver to the deceased who was also arrested, corroborated their statements by admitting that he was the one who allowed the gang access to the house and manned the gate for them until they finished the assassination process.”