A murder suspect, Prince Reuben, from Etche community in Rivers State, has been arrested by operatives of the police command, after conspiring with three of his friends to rape and kill murder a woman identified as Joy Saturday.
Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer (PRO), who paraded Reuben before journalists in Abuja, said the suspect had sold a piece of land to Saturday, a mother of four.
He explained that the suspect said he later deceived the deceased that he wanted to show her another land, during which she was raped, killed and acid poured on her remains by the suspect and his accomplices who are now at large.
“Reuben who hails from Etche in Rivers state had earlier sold a piece of land to one Joy Saturday. Joy Saturday, a hard working mother of four, a petty trader who laboured so hard to put together the first N250, 000 to buy a plot of land from him,” Mba said.
“Thereafter he lured this lady, pretended that there is another vacant land for sale. Joy Saturday accompanied Prince to the bush side, ostensibly on an inspection. Unknwon to this innocent hardworking woman, Prince Reuben had conspired with three others of his friends namely Nwaba, Promise and Chinedu.
“During that inspection, Joy was kidnapped by these men, They took her into the forest, gangraped her, stole the only cash sum with her, N20, 000 and then shot her to death.
“After killing her, they poured acid on her body and then threw her body into the forest.
“Nwaba, Chinedu and Promise are currently at large.”
The Force PRO appealed to residents of the state and Etche community to come forward with any useful information that will assist the police in apprehending the fleeing suspects.
When interrogated, Reuben recounted how he and the others conspirators carried out the dastard act.
”I am here for the killing of Miss Joy Saturday. On that day, I went to my working place. She called me on phone that she is coming to see the land. I said Okay and that I went to work and that my closing time is by 4. She said okay and that when I close I should call her.
“Before then, my three friends told me that they are going to kidnap her and make money from her. I said okay no problem.
“On that day, they stayed in the bush and then I took her to the land. My three friends came out and we kidnapped her and took her to the forest. We raped her. We killed her. We poured her acid,” he stated.