Operatives of the Delta State police command have exhumed the decomposing body of a 54-year-old woman killed and buried in a shallow grave by kidnappers, after collecting N650,000 ransom from her family.
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The woman, identified as Philomina Ogadi from Otolokpo in Ika North East Local Government Area of the state, was abducted last week by a nine-man gang.
The kidnappers killed the victim and buried her body in a bush along Benin-Agbor-Onitsha expressway in Agbor, Ika South local government area.
According to the victim’s eldest son, one of the suspects lived in the same apartment with his mother before she was kidnapped and murdered.
One of the suspects led the state deputy commissioner of police in charge of operations, Faleye Olayele, and other officers to the shallow grave where they buried Ogadi.
The apprehended suspects confessed to the crime. One of them claimed that it was his first attempt at kidnapping and robbery.
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Briefing journalists at the police headquarters in Asaba, the commissioner of police, Ari Mohammed Ali, said the woman’s body was found with gunshot injuries on her head.
He assured that the police will unravel the real circumstances behind the murder and bring all the culprits to book.
“Having killed the woman and buried her in a shallow grave, they did not stop there, they went on calling the children and collecting ransom. So far, they have collected N650,000 from her children after killing the woman,” the commissioner stated.
“They made the children to believe that their mother was still alive. They did a video recording of their mother and played before the children, making them to believe that their mother was still alive.” he added.