A 54-year old jilted lover, Christopher Akpan, who lured his lover and Civil Defence Officer, Josephine Cynthia Oche, 45, to Obi Local Government and killed her with his alleged accomplice, a 47-year old native doctor, Rafiu Afolabi, has been arrested.
Akpan and his accomplice, Afolabi, were on Wednesday paraded by CP Frank Mba, the Force Spokesman and Commissioner of Police, at the STS/IRT Premises along Guzape Road, Abuja, with 34 other suspected criminals.
CP Mba said all the 36 suspects, allmalesandafemalewere clearly and evidentially linked withvariouscasesranging from criminalconspiracy, kidnapping, armedrobbery, homiciderelated cases, rape, unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms, cattle rustling, receiving of stolen property to car theft.
“In the course of this investigation, a total of 12 assorted weapons made up of eight AK 49 rifles, three AK 47 rifles, and one locally made weapon were recovered.
“Also recovered from these suspectsare20AK47magazines, 346 rounds of AK 47 ammunition, 24 rounds of live cartridges, a cash sum of N1.4 million recoveredfromsomekidnapped suspects as well as six stolen but recovered cars retrieved from some of the car thieves, among other exhibits,” he said.
On the case involving the brutal and murder of the Civil Defence officer, Josephine Cynthia Oche, a Benue born Civil Defence personnel who was in a relationship with one Christopher Akpan, Mba revealed that Christopher Akpan had earlier engaged Josephine having proffered love and having promised to marry her.
In the course of the relationship, he narrated that a lot of financial deals and transactions took place and it was believed that Josephine had handed over some huge sum of money amounting to N14 million to Christopher Akpan.
“Between 19th and 20th of December, 2019, she had visited Christopher who eventually lured her into the house of a native doctor, one Rafiu Afolabi who originally hails from Shaki in Edo State but resident in Ado in Obi Local Government Area of Benue State.
“It was in the house of this native doctor that Josephine was eventually murdered and her body taken to a forest in the sameareawhereshewasburied in a shallow grave.
“It took intense efforts massive follow up investigations by operatives of IRT before this crime was eventuallyuncovered and the decomposed body had since be exhumed. We intend to carry out further confirmatory test on her,” Mba said.
While narrating the story to newsmen, thenativedoctorsaid, he is a native doctor and farmer. Accordingtohim, hewasarrestedforparticipatinginthekilling of the officer.
He revealed that Akpan met him and told him that someone isowing himmoneyandtheperson is very wicked. And that he wanted to treat the person badly.
“He promised to give me give me N5 million, if I kill the women. When the woman came to my placeafter twodays, theman came and told the woman, I am going to do something for her to make her pregnant as soon as they get married. So he told the woman we were going to bath her.
“So, I took the bucket for them and we were going inside the bush. The man shot the woman from behind and asked me to burn her which I refused but he took her and buried her in the forest. He gave me N50 thousand from the woman’ spurse and told me he was coming back which he never did,” the native doctor said.