Crime: 1 arrested over murder of retired judge in Benue

Crime: 1 arrested over murder of retired judge in Benue

The Benue State Police Command has arrested one person in connection with the murder of a retired judge, Justice Margaret Igbetar.

It was reported that the decomposing body of the retired president of the Benue Customary Court of Appeal was found on Thursday at her residence.

In a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Benue State command,  Catherine Anene(SP) a copy of which was made available to journalists in Makurdi on Saturday, the police explained that one Aondohemba Joseph had been arrested.

The statement read in parts, “On 24/8/2023 at about 1530hrs information was received at ‘E’ Police Division Makurdi, that Justice Margaret Mary Igbetar (retd.) 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 dead body in a pool of blood inside her kitchen. It was also observed that she had deep cuts at her back.

Further investigation led to the arrest of one Aondohemba Joseph and recovery of exhibits for detailed investigation.”

The PPRO conveyed the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, CP. Bartholomew Onyeka’s  condolence message to the family as he condemned the dastardly act.

The CP assured  the family of his commitment to unravel the mystery behind the death and bring perpetrators of the barbaric act to book.

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