Four Brothers Kill Grandmother For Rituals In Edo State

The Edo State Polic Command has confirmed to have arrest two of the four brothers who allegedly killed their grandmother.

Dickson Oluka, Salaya Oluka, Martins Oluka and Austin Enayi have allegedly killed their grandmother, Grace Ovbiedo for money ritual.

It was gathered that the culprits are internet fraudsters and had consulted a native doctor in their search for wealth.

The incident happened on December 12, 2017 at No. 28 Asowata Street, Ohovbe quarters in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

A source in the family said the native doctor instructed them to tie a live tortoise to their back and kill someone very close to them before they would become very rich.

The four brothers on getting home were said to have actually strapped a tortoise to one of their back and together they smashed their grand-mother’s head against a wall. They were reportedly caught while attempting to dispose the body.

Edo State police spokesman, Chidi Nwanbuzor, confirmed the incident, saying Dickson and Salaya have been arrested while the two other siblings fled. He said a manhunt has been launched for them.

The two brothers in custody have confessed to the crime while others arrested including the native doctor have been granted bail. The tortoise is still in police custody as exhibit.

Dickson, one of the suspects, said they carried out the act because they were not making if in life.He said they had earlier used broom to beat their grandmother to enable her confessed to her witchcraft before they killed her.

According to a recording of his confession at the police station, Dickson said: “That old woman does not make her grandchildren to succeed. Austin said my aunt wanted to do papers for him to travel abroad but it did not work. We said it was our grandmother that is causing her grandchildren not to succeed. We have used broom to beat her before.

“When we went there, she asked us whether we were there to kill her. Austin held her mouth to stop her from shouting and we kicked her. Blood came out of her nose and ear. Nobody followed us there. The thing was done by four of us. We even helped her to take the things she bought from the market inside the house. We didn’t allow her to shout.”

 

Police Dismissed Sergeant For Aiding Escape of Suspected Ritualist

The Rivers State Police Command has dismissed a police sergeant, Johnbosco Okoroeze, for allegedly aiding the escape of a suspected ritual killer, Ifeanyi Dike, from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt.

According to report the sergeant cried profusely saying he had no idea his innocent action would make the criminal disappear.

Okoroeze, who was the Investigating Police Officer, had removed the suspect’s handcuffs while he took his statements.

The victim’s father, Dr Ernest Nmezuwuba, who was also in the charge room at the time, had said he used candlelight while making his statements, adding that there was no power supply in the area.

The suspect was reported to have fled the SCIID under the cover of darkness and his whereabouts had remained unknown.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Zaki, had ordered the dismissal and arraignment of Okoroeze for criminal conspiracy.

Okoroeze, who was also arraigned by the police before a chief magistrate’s court on two counts bordering on obstruction of justice and conspiracy, was remanded in custody for the alleged offences.

Though the charges were not read to the accused, the Chief Magistrate, Sokari Andrew-Jaja, cautioned him  as he cried uncontrollably inside the court before his case was mentioned.

 

The charges read, “That you, Johnbosco Okoroeze, on August 19, 2017, at about 8.30pm at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt, in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did assist one Ifeanyi Dike, who is to your knowledge guilty of the offence of murder of one Chikamso Nmezuwuba, aged eight years, for rituals, to escape when he was to be detained for prosecution, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 322 of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

“That you, Johnbosco Okoroeze, on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did conspire with a suspect, Ifeanyi Dike, and allowed him to escape from prosecution to prevent and defeat the course of justice, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 126 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37, Vol. II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999.”

The chief magistrate observed that while the first charge could earn Okoroeze a life sentence if found guilty, the second charge could earn the dismissed police sergeant a seven-year jail term if found guilty.

 

Son’s Plan To Use Father For Ritual Fails

A 26-year old man in Anambra was arrested in Ifite, Akwa for attempting to use his father for rituals. It was also gathered that he tried to use two of his siblings and five of his friends.

The suspect, Chukwuemeka Okafor, who has confessed to committing the crime, said he was talked into the act after he was defrauded of N400,000 by one of his friends, who had promised to take him to Dubai.

Parading the suspect at the police headquarters in Amawbia yesterday, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Garba Umar, said the suspect’s father had innocently provided the said sum to the suspect without knowing that the money would be used to settle a ‘native doctor’ to eliminate him.

He said the suspect who had confessed to the crime, was assisting the police with useful information for further investigation, after which he would be charged to court for prosecution.

The suspect, Okafor, however, explained that under frustration, he looked for the assistance of one Zaki, who according to him, is very influential in the society “and he told me that he made his money through money ritual.

“He insisted that I must join him after revealing the secret, but warned me not to disclose such secrets to anybody otherwise my life would be terminated.

“I had no option than to join. I produced the pictures of my father, two siblings and five of my friends, all were downloaded and printed from my Facebook page,” he said, adding that he regretted the act, and blamed it on the impoverished condition of the family.