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Benue Police confirm killing of 65-year-old retired nurse, maid

Benue Police confirm killing of 65-year-old retired nurse, maid


A 65-year-old widow and retired nurse, Esther Amali, and her maid, Mercy, have both been killed in their apartment in Makurdi, Benue State.

The incident was said to have happened on Sunday, January 14.


It was gathered that the assailant stormed their apartment and stabbed 20-year-old Mercy several times.

Narrating the incident in an interview with Nigeria Television Authority on Monday, the deceased’s sister, Grace Onuhi, explained that her sister (Amali) rushed out from her bedroom, upon hearing Mercy scream.

Unfortunately, she was also murdered.


“She (Amali) was inside. She was a very calm person. She doesn’t have problem with anyone. The housegirl was in the kitchen that fateful day by 4 pm and the notorious person jumped through the fence, and stabbed the housegirl. She (Amali) was inside her bedroom. Hearing the shout of the housegirl, she (Amali) came outside and shouted what was happening and the same person stabbed her too to death.

“The person that stabbed them left a knife. The police came and picked up the knife,” she said.

It was however learnt that the suspect had earlier threatened to punish Mercy for some unknown reasons.

Reacting, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Sewuese Anene, said the case was reported at D Division and investigation was ongoing to unravel the cause of the incident and apprehend the perpetrator.


“There are different versions of the story. Some claim it’s a robbery and some claim they know the person who killed them. But the police would come up with findings very soon. Let’s be patient and wait for investigators to come out with their findings in this matter,” she said.

The remains of the deceaseds had been deposited at the mortuary.




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