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Court remands suspected killers of Igbinedion’s mother in correctional centre

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
05 January 2022   |   3:33 am
Justice Efe Ikpomwomba of a Benin High Court, yesterday, remanded the suspected killer of Mrs. Maria Oredola Igbinedion, mother of former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Dominion Okoro (25) and her accomplices in Edo State Correction Centre.

Justice Efe Ikpomwomba of a Benin High Court, yesterday, remanded the suspected killer of Mrs. Maria Oredola Igbinedion, mother of former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Dominion Okoro (25) and her accomplices in Edo State Correction Centre.
 
Other accomplices are Patience Okoro 39, Francis Taga 51, Ezikiel Danjuma 24 and Abraham Kuje. The judge remanded the accused persons in the correctional centre pending the advice from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), of the state ministry of justice.
 
Earlier, the prosecutor CSP Peter Ngwumba, told the court that the suspects were charged with murder, accessory to murder, negligent act, causing harm, robbery among other offences.

 
He said the suspects were arrested on December 3, 10 and 13 in Benin, Edo State, Aba in Abia State and Ikom in Cross River State respectively.
 
The prosecutor further told the court that the prime suspect, Dominion Okoro, a cook to the  deceased on December 2, in Ugbor, GRA Benin, killed her and stole her N100,000, a golden wrist watch and necklace and absconded.
 
He said the suspect after committing the crime informed her elder sister, Patience Okoro , about the crime who instructed the suspect to run away with the stolen items.
 
Speaking further, he said the third accused person, Francis Tagan aided the suspect to escape by taking her to Agbor park, Ikpoba Okha Local Council of the state  to enable her escape arrest, after she had robbed and killed her madam.
 
He said  Ezikiel Danjuma and Abraham Kuje who are security guards to Mrs. Igbinedion conspired among themselves and unlawfully committed negligence of duty to protect life and property of the deceased and permitted dominion to escape from the gate after committing the crime.
 
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the accused in correctional centre pending the advice from the DPP Justice Ikpomwomba remanded the suspects to the correctional centre and adjourned the case till January 26.