The lifeless body of a retired President of the Benue State Customary Court of Appeal, 72-year-old Justice Margaret Igbeta, has been found at her residence located at No. 1, Wantor Kwange Street, Opposite College of Medicine, Benue State University, Makurdi.
According to a police source, who spoke on anonymity, the state of the remains suggested that Justice Igbeta had met a violent end and the condition of the body indicated the crime might have taken place days before its discovery on Thursday.
The deceased’s young son informed the Police about the incident, and they visited the crime scene and evacuated the corpse.
“Yes, Justice Igbeta has been murdered. Yesterday, Thursday, August 24, 2023, her lifeless body was discovered in her house, but the corpse was not looking too okay again.
“What that meant was that it couldn’t have happened that yesterday, Thursday, maybe a day or so before it was discovered and reported to the police,” he said.
Authorities have launched an investigation to uncover the motives and culprits behind the tragic incident.
Justice Igbeta, who retired on October 17, 2015, was caught up in a controversy in 2019 involving an alleged N800 million proxy bank account.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had, in September 2019, arraigned her before an Abuja High Court over a proxy bank account she allegedly operated in the name of her housemaid. Shockingly, this account held a fixed deposit balance of over N800 million.
ICPC sought an interim injunction of the Court for the forfeiture of the said fund, which it claimed was obtained through fraudulent activities in the course of doing her job.
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