Decision by the police in Benin to free a murder suspect, who was arrested and detained over allegations of involvement in the gruesome murder of a 75-year-old woman, is generating controversy, as the eldest daughter of the deceased, Miss Dorothy Egbebamwonyi wondered why a prime suspect in murder case would be released on bail without proper investigation.
The suspect (name withheld) is accused of murdering Mrs. Bessy Egbobamwonyi at her Oseye Street, Off Okunwague Street, Off Upper Sokponba Road, Benin City residence last month.
Speaking with reporters yesterday, Egbebamwonyi explained that the incident occurred on June 19, 2016 as she reported it at Ugbekun police station without any headway, saying “it took another great battle before it was transferred to the State C.I.D at the police headquarters”.
The deceased’s daughter who cried uncontrollably why explaining the ordeal, said she cannot understand the drama in the police investigation, ,” as they (police) set free one of the suspects yesterday without probing further to know the owner of the cell mobile phone found at the scene of crime”.
She appealed to the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mrs Chris Ezike and other well-meaning individual to assist her find the killers of her mother, rather than playing antics with the case.
Late Mrs Bessy Egbeobamwonyi’s killers broke into her apartment at night, slit her throat, stabbed her severally as they abandoned her in a pool of blood.
Family sources hinted that the victim’s four-year-old grandson was sleeping beside her on the same bed when the assailants struck.
It could not be ascertained at press time whether the four-year-old child was drugged by the killers of her grandmother as he reportedly slept throughout the night.