Police Arrest Suspect Over Assassination of Retired Judge in Benue State

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By Isaac Kertyo, Makurdi

Benue State Police Command has arrested Aondohemba Joseph, suspected to be one of the killers of the Retired President, Customary Court of Appeal, Benue State, Justice Margaret Igbetar.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Sewuese Anene who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Saturday in Makurdi noted that the late Judge was found in a pool of her blood in her kitchen with deep cuts on her back.

” On August 24, 2023 information was received at the Police E Division Makurdi, that Justice Margaret Igbetar, rtd, could not respond to calls and was no where 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 body in a pool of blood inside her kitchen. It was also observed that she had deep cuts on her back. Further investigation led to the arrest of one Aondohemba Joseph and recovery of exibits for detailed investigation”.

The statement quoted the Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, CP, Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka as condemning the heinous act in strong terms.

CP Onyeka further assured that efforts would be intensified to unravel the mystery behind the death of the 73-year-old Igbetar and ensure that the perpetrators of the dasterdly act are made to face the full wrath of the law.

Day Break learned that the late Justice Margaret Igbetar who was born on October 17, 1950 in Tsar, Mbadede in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State, was a founding member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Benue State Chapter.

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