Benue State Police Command has arrested a man identified as, Aondohemba Joseph, in connection with the death of a retired President, Benue Customary Court of Appeal, 73-year-old Justice Margaret Igbeta.
The Police launched a manhunt for the suspected killer after the deceased was found in a pool of her own blood in her kitchen with deep cuts on her back.
According to the Police, 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 State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Sewuese Anene, confirmed the arrest, adding that the Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew Onyeka, strongly condemns the dastardly act.
She said, “On Aug. 24, information was received at ‘E’ Police Division Makurdi, that Justice Margaret Igbetar (rtd), could not respond to calls and was nowhere to be found. Detectives were immediately deployed for investigation.
“A search conducted within her house at Wantor Kwange Street, Gboko Road, Makurdi, led to the discovery of her body in a pool of blood inside her kitchen. It was also observed that she had deep cuts on her back.
“Further investigation led to the arrest of one Aondohemba Joseph and recovery of exhibits for detailed investigation.”
Justice Igbetar was born on Oct. 17, 1950, in Mbape, Shangev-ya, Tsar-Mbaduku, in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State.
She started her career as the Assistant Registrar, Grade I Area Court, Katsina-Ala, Benue State in 1971, and rose to become a Judge of the Customary Court of Appeal in 1995, a position she held till 2003 when she was appointed President of the Court.
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