18 December 2013, Benin -The Edo State Police Command have paraded 19 suspected criminals, two of whom are suspected to have been behind the murder of one Mr. Isonguyo Victor, a Deputy Manager at the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) who was allegedly murdered penultimate Friday by his wife and her lover pastor boy friend.
Mrs. Isonguyo is suspected to have conspired with her pastor, believed to also be her secret lover, to murder her husband
Parading the suspects, which include kidnappers, child defilers and armed robbers, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, said Mrs Enebong Victor Isonguyo planned the murder of her husband with her pastor, Mr. Udoka Nkanchukwu. He disclosed that both suspects confessed to be lovers and plotted the death of the NPDC staff and father of three.
According to the police, “What happened was that the Pastor invited the deceased to meet him somewhere along Sapele Road, Benin-city; when the deceased got there, the Pastor stabbed him twice and then burnt the car. The woman gave the husband’s new car to the pastor and we found the car with the pastor. A 2013 model Volkswagen car. It is a very sad and wicked act.
“After killing the man in his vehicle he set the car ablaze. The Pastor changed the plate number of the car and put a fake one after he murdered the man. It was when we saw the burn in his hand that we knew that he was involved in the burning of the car. He has confessed and after now we will take them to court” he stated.
But while speaking with newsmen, Mrs Isonguyo denied having any extra marital affairs with the pastor.
In her narrative, she said, “When I did not see my husband, I ran to the pastor because we have known each other for a very long time. I took my husband’s new car to him to sow a seed in the church so that my husband will be found. I told him to take it to the church but I did not know that he went and changed the plate number.
She could not explain why a car had to be given to a pastor to enable him pray so her missing husband could be found. Neither could she explain whether it is only by sowing seeds that prayers can be answered.
Many were curious that it was the pastor, not the police, she ran to when she found that her husband was missing. “I had to ask him to pray harder because I love my husband and I don’t want anything to happen to him. I did not kill my husband because I loved him” he stated.
Meantime, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Funso Adebanjo said he was yet to receive any court order requesting the police to exhume the bodies of four persons, including that of one Samuel Imaikop who were killed by the police during alleged armed robbery operation.
The Police Command shot five suspected armed robbers along the Benin bypass three weeks ago but the family claimed that the suspects were farmers. However, a Corona Court sitting in Benin City, presided over by Magistrate F. E. N. Igbinosa has ordered the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr Adebanjo to exhume the bodies for autopsy. But the CP told newsmen that he was yet to receive any court order in that regards, adding that “we did not commit any extra judicial murder and you people saw one of the armed robbers confessing.
However, the police is always a law abiding organisation and we will always abide by any court ruling if we have an order”