A female Major in the Nigerian Army, Afisatu Ajuya, was gruesomely murdered by her security guard and eight others on Saturday.
The incident happened on Ugiagbe Street, off First Ugbor Road, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State.
Ajuya had just returned from a journey at about 9:30pm when her guard who is Hausa offered her assistance with her luggage before descending on her. He was eventually joined by eight (8) others who collectively beat and stabbed her to death.
She was later carried into her apartment and the evil hoodlums poured petrol on her corpse and set it ablaze before stealing some of her things including three (3) laptops, cash and jewellery.
After committing the crime, her guard raised an alarm claiming that his boss had been involved in a fire accident and was burnt to death in her apartment.
He was however suspected when he was seen moving the stolen items into an uncompleted building while efforts were being made to move her corpse to a mortuary in an ambulance.
An undisclosed resident who spoke with Punch said, “A woman called me and said the woman died in her bedroom after her house got burnt. So we went there and saw the woman’s corpse on the ground. It was later that other neighbours told us that she was stabbed and that it was planned by her guard, who connived with other Hausa guards, who no longer work in the area.
“They stabbed her and stole three laptops. I think they collected N600,000 from her because she begged them with money. They took her jewellery and a wristwatch. After killing her, they set the house ablaze.
“Initially, some people thought that the fire was caused by lit cigarettes, but when an ambulance was about to take the corpse away, a neighbour, who was suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her death, saw the guard throwing some of her belongings over the fence into an uncompleted building. People gave him chase and caught him.”
According to Mr. Johnson Kokumo, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, who confirmed the incident, he said that the case was a clear case of murder.
“Yes, it was a clear case of murder. The lady was killed for no just cause by the hoodlums, who after killing her, set her on fire to cover up their crime, he said
“However, it is only the Chief of Defence Staff that can say if she was a major or not. But from the information I have, she was just a Nigerian,” he added.
The Hausa guards in the area upon hearing the incident all fled away. And residence vowed to chase away all Hausa guards in the area.