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From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The police in Benin has arrested a Pastor, Udoka Nkanchukwu, and his lover, Enebong Victor Isonguyo, for the murder of her husband Victor Isonguyo, a deputy manager at the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC.
The duo was paraded alongside 17 other suspected criminals arrested for various crimes such as pedophilia, kidnapping and armed robbery committed in the state.
The state commissioner of police, Foluso Adebanjo, who paraded the suspects, narrated how Isonguyo’s death was staged by his wife and her Pastor lover.
“What happened was that the pastor called the deceased to come and meet him somewhere along Sapele Road. When the deceased got there the pastor stabbed him twice and then burnt the car. The woman gave the husband’s new car to the pastor and we found the car with the Pastor. A 2013 model of Volkswagen car. It is a very sad and wicked act,” Adebanjo said.
According to him, after killing the man in his vehicle, it was set ablaze.
“The pastor changed the plate number of the car and put a fake one after he murdered the man. It was when we saw the burnt car in his hand that we knew that he was involved. Though he has confessed and after now we will take them to court,” the CP added.
The wife has however denied having extra marital affairs with the pastor but confirmed that she gave her husband’s new car to the pastor so that he can pray for the safe return of Victor when she discovered he was missing.
“When I did not see my husband I ran to the pastor because we have known for a very long time. I took my husband’s new car to him to sow a seed in the church so that my husband will be found. I told him to take it to the church but I don’t know that he went and changed the plate numbers. I had to ask him to pray harder because I love my husband and I don’t want anything to happen to him. I did not kill my husband because I loved him,” she said.
Victor was the father of three before his untimely death
Commenting on another case, Adebanjo said he was yet to receive a court order for the exhumation of the bodies of four armed suspects, including one Samuel Imaikop, who were allegedly killed by operatives of the command in Benin about three weeks ago.
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It would be recalled that a Benin Magistrate Court presided over by Magistrate F. E. N. Igbinosa, ordered the exhumation of the bodies for autopsy to be carried out on them to determine how they actually died.
“We did not commit any extra judicial murder and you people saw one of the armed robbers confessing. However, the police is always a law abiding organisation and we will always abide by any court ruling if we have an order,” the police commissioner said.