A 25-year-old female housemaid, Dominion Okoro, from Calabar in Cross River State, yesterday revealed how she used a stool in the early hours of December 2, 2021 to hit the head of Madam Maria Oredola Igbinedion, 85-yearold mother of Chief Lucky Igbinedion,the former governor of Edo State and killed her. Okoro subsequently made away with her N100,000, wristwatch, and jewellery, and escaped to Cross River State, her home town. While being paraded at the Edo State Police Headquarters in Benin City, she narrated how she killed her and made away with N100,000, a wristwatch and jewellery from the palatial residence of the Igbinedions at the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Benin. According to her: “I killed Mama (Madam Maria Igbinedion) to carry her money, she did not offend me. While she was sleeping on her bed, around 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2021, I used a stool to hit her on the head and she was shouting for help, but only the gate man was around and he did not hear the shout. Mama later died.
“I waited till 4 a.m. before leaving the house with Mama’s N100,000, wristwatch, and jewellery. I escaped to Cross River State, but I was later arrested by the police.” She served the family for a year and three months before greed pushed her to commit the crime. Recall that, Mama Igbinedion was buried in Benin on December 10, after a funeral service at St.gustine Catholic Church in the Edo State capital. The prime suspect’s elder sister, Patience, was first arrested by the police, before Dominion was later nabbed and moved to Benin for thorough investigation. Patience Okoro said, neither she nor their parents in Cross River State knew anything about the crime committed by Dominion.
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Phillip Ogbadu, revealed that it took time, efforts and money to arrest Dominion, with no fewer than twenty persons first nabbed, before the prime suspect (Dominion) was arrested and she confessed to committing the crime. He noted that being a state crime, the suspects in the murder of Madam Igbinedion would soon be charged to court, after thorough investigation, with Dominion being specially worked on and he earlier interrogated her more than three times, stressing that to every crime, there would be parties. Ogbadu pointed out that in the fourth quarter of this year, 427 suspected criminals were arrested for their involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery, murder, burglary andothercrimes, withlargecacheof arms, ammunition and money also recovered from them, while declaring Edoasano-gostateforcriminals, who were asked to steer clear.