Suspected ritualists have killed a 50-year-old woman, Mrs. Patience Komone, at Umeh community, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The suspected ritualists allegedly removed the eyes and private parts of the deceased and dumped her remains in a bush in the community.
The deceased fondly called Pat, a native of Otughievwen, Ughelli South Local Government Area was declared missing by her family since Tuesday 27 July, when she left her home to Umeh where she periodically buys pepper and sundry vegatables for sale along Sapele Road, Effurun, Uvwie.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ari Mohammed Ali, who confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday, August 4, said decomposing body of the woman was found in the bush on Tuesday, following the arrest of one suspect, Onoriode Simon Akpoavirhi, 25, the Okada rider who carried her on that fateful day.
The suspect was paraded alongside sixteen others arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism across the state.
On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the killing of the missing woman in connivance with one Akpoghene Shoemaker, now at large. They raped her and robbed her of the sum of forty thousand before killing her using a machete.
Daniel from Ohoro town also confessed that he paid the suspects one hundred thousand naira (N100,000.) to bring the body parts for him.
CP Oleh had been directed to unravel the mystery behind Mrs. Patience Komore’s disappearance after she disappeared while she was at Umeh market in Isoko South LGA getting fish. Her report was received by the Command on 2/8/21 at 1456 hours.
“The DPO Mobilized police operatives, vigilante, and community leaders who continuously worked together and gathered information regarding the case. Acting on a tip off, on 3/8/2021 at about 1300hours, One Onos Simon m’ age 25yrs an Okada man was arrested, the Okada rider was the same person who carried the woman on that faithful day. On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the killing of the missing woman Mrs. Patience Komore in connivance with one Akpoghene Shoemaker ‘m’ now at large.
“They raped her and robbed her of forty thousand dollars before killing her with a machete. Besides killing her, they also removed her eyes and private parts for ritual purposes. Additionally, the suspect confessed that Daniel of Ohoro town had contracted them to bring the body part for him after paying them one hundred thousand naira (#100,000).
He continued, “The decomposing corpse has been recovered and deposited in the mortuary. Members of the public are hereby requested to provide useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing Akpoghene shoemaker and lucky Daniel.”