BENIN CITY- A female police officer serving at Benin Metro Area Command has been stabbed to death in Benin City.
The victim, Inspector Efe George Ishiaka, 40 was attacked by a three-man gang led by her next door neighbour identified as one Collins Anthony.
It was gathered that the female police officer was alone inside her lover’s room when the attackers struck, leaving her to bleed to death after inflicting multiple knife wounds on her body.
The incident occurred at 152, Uselu-Lagos road, Benin City, about 10:11am, Thursday, July 21, 2022.
Our reporter learnt that the suspect, Collins Anthony is a commercial pepper grinding machine operator inside Uselu market, Benin City.
Late woman Inspector Efemena George Ishiaka who hails from Olumu Community in Ughelli South local government area of Delta State, was a widow who resided with her two children inside Ogida police barracks, Benin City.
The room where she was attacked is said to be rented by her lover, one Patrick Ishiaka, a security personnel in a commercial bank.
Contacted, Mr Patrick Ishiaka expressed sadness over the Killing, saying “ I cannot denied her, we were in a relationship, I know her children, brothers….’’.
Mr Patrick stated that he left her at home that fateful morning as she called her about 10:18am stating that my co-tenant one Collins Anthony led two others to attack her inside the room.
“I quickly called the police, left my office, we got there, rushed her to ubth where doctor said she was dead”. Mr Patrick Ishiaka narrated.
He also added that the said co-tenant Collins Anthony had on June 11, 2022 be reported to Okhoro Police divisional headquarters after he threatened to kill her following quarrel over his non compliance with roster for sweeping and cleaning of the house.
The building was under lock and key when our reporter paid a fact finding visit.
A lady who was seen moving out her goods from a shop in the building said other occupants abandoned the house for fear of police raid.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer for Edo State Police Command SP Chidi Nwabuzor said the suspect Collins Anthony has been arrested as efforts are ongoing to track the two other fleeing suspects.
“… Preliminary investigation by Okhoro Police divisional headquarters, Benin City revealed that on the 11th June, 2022, the late policewoman Inspector Efe George Ishiaka reported a case of assault against this same suspect Collins Anthony over the sharing of responsibility of sweeping, cleaning the kitchen and washing of the toilet. This led to the arrest of the suspect Collins Anthony.
“After the arrest, their relationship never remained the same. Collins Anthony took it to heart and threatened to kill her. As a result of that threat, the late woman Inspector Efe George Ishiaka went back to Okhoro to inform the police.
“Collins Anthony was invited, cautioned and made to write undertaken that he will never have anything to do with or kill the late woman Inspector. Unfortunately, on that fateful day, Collins Anthony and his cohorts went and killed the woman”. SP Nwabuzor explained.
The police spokesman also stated that both the suspect and the case file have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), for further investigation.
Our reporter learnt that the suspect escaped to Okede quarters, Emu where he was picked up by operatives of Ubiaja police division in Esan South East local government area of Edo State.
Attempt to obtain comments from the suspect Collins Anthony failed.
Our reporter will again try to get speak with the suspect next week.