By Osahon Osahon
Dominion Okoro, the suspected killer of Mr. Maria Oredola Igbinedion, mother of the former Governor of Edo State, Mr. Lucky Igbinedion, was on Tuesday remanded in Correctional Center in Benin City, by a Benin City High Court.
Okoro (25) was remanded with other accomplices, Patience Okoro (39), Francis Taga (51), Ezikiel Danjuma (24) and Abraham Kuje, pending advice from the State’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), of the State Ministry of Justice.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, CSP Peter Ngwumba, told the Court that the suspects were charged with murder, accessory to murder, negligent act, causing harm, robbery among other offences.
He said the suspects were arrested on December 3, 10 and 13 in Benin, Edo State, Aba, in Abia State and Ikom, in Cross River State respectively.
The Prosecutor further told the Court that the prime suspect, Dominion Okoro, a cook to the deceased, on December 2, in Ugbor, GRA Benin, killed her and stole her N100,000, a golden wrist watch and necklace and absconded.
He said the suspect after commiting the crime, informed her elder sister, Patience Okoro, about the crime who instructed the suspect to run away with the stolen items.
Ngwumba told the Court that the third accused person, Francis Tagaa, aided the suspect to escape by taken her to Agbor Park, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the State, to enable her escape arrest after she had robbed and killed the deceased.
He said Ezikiel Danjuma and Abraham Kuje who are security guards to late Mrs. Igbinedion conspired among themselves and unlawfully commit negligence of duty to protect life and property of the deceased and permited dominion to escape from the gate after commiting the crime.
The Prosecutor urged the Court that to remand the accused persons in Correctional Centre, pending the advice from the DPP
Honourable Justice Efe Ikpomwomba, who remanded the suspects in Correctional Centre, adjourned the case to January 26, 2022.