The decomposing body of a 53-year-old woman, Mrs. Philomena Ogadi who was kidnapped on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at her family house in Idumu-Okete, Otolokpo, Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, was exhumed by the Police at the weekend.
Mrs. Ogadi’s body was found buried in a shallow grave on a farmland along Benin /Asaba Expressway, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Ika Weekly reporter learnt that the victim’s body was exhumed by the Police few days after she was buried by her abductors despite collecting ransom of #650,000 from her family.
Speaking with Ika Weekly reporter during a visit to the family, the younger brother of Mrs. Ogadi, Chief Ogadi Hyginus (Iyase of Otolokpo Kingdom) said her sister came back from where she went to process her palm fruits at the engine, and was already in her house with her husband when suddenly an uninvited gang of men forcefully burst the door of her house open.
He disclosed that the hoodlums initially demanded for money and the new motorcycle that she recently bought.
According to him, “They were about going when suddenly one of them ordered her to enter the motorcycle. And immediately she entered on the motorcycle, they zoomed off. This happened at about 3: am”.
Continuing, Chief Ogadi Hyginus revealed that Police have already commenced investigation, saying that several arrests have been made. He pointed out that it was one of the suspects that took the police to where the body of Mrs. Philomena Ogadi was buried, subsequently, the corpse was deposited at the mortuary.
Asked if the victim had misunderstanding with anyone, Chief Ogadi Hyginus swiftly said her sister was never in any disagreement with any one, describing her as a peaceful and respectful woman. He added that her sister was good to all who knew her.
All efforts to speak with the victim’s husband, Mr. Ndidi Nwaokete was not successful as he was said not to be around at the time of our reporter’s visit to the family.
On his part, the traditional ruler of Otolokpo Kingdom, HRM Obi Collins Ezenwali when contacted, totally condemned the killing of Mrs. Philomena Ogadi, saying that those behind her death will surely be brought to book. In his words, “You cannot kill someone and expect to walk freely. The perpetrators will be made to face the full wrath of the law when apprehended.”