By Ajuma Edwina Ameh
A 50-year-old woman, Mrs Patience Komore, from Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, has been killed by suspected ritualists.
The ritualists were reported to have gang-raped and killed her, before removing her eyes and private parts and dumping her remains in a bush in the community.
The deceased fondly called Pat, a native of Otughievwen, Ughelli South Local Government Area, was declared missing by her family since July 27 when she left her home to Umeh market in Isoko South to buy fish.
Confirming the incident, Delta State Police Commissioner Ari Mohammed Ali, said the decomposing body of Komore was found in the bush on Tuesday, August 3, following the arrest of one of the suspects, Onoriode Simon Akpoavirhi, 25, the Okada rider who carried her on that fateful day.
Persecondnews reports that Akpoavirhi was paraded alongside 16 others arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism across the state.
He had confessed to the killing of the missing woman with the connivance of one Akpoghene Shoemaker, now at large.
According to him, they raped her and robbed her of N40,000 before killing her using a machete.
The suspect further confessed that they sold the body parts to one Lucky Daniel of Ohoro town, who contracted them to bring the body parts for him after paying them N100,000.
The Police Commissioner said: “Sequel to the missing person report received by the Command on 2/8/21 at about 1456hrs of one Mrs. Patience Komore aged 50 years, who disappeared after leaving for Umeh market in Isoko south LGA to get fish. I directed the Divisional police officer Oleh to unravel the mystery behind her disappearance.
“The DPO Mobilized police operatives, vigilante, and community leaders who continuously worked together and gathered information regarding the case. Acting on a tip off, on 3/8/2021 at about 1300hours, One Onos Simon m’ age 25yrs an Okada man was arrested, the Okada rider was the same person who carried the woman on that fateful day.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the killing of the missing woman Mrs. Patience Komore in connivance with one Akpoghene Shoemaker ‘m’ now at large.
“They raped her and robbed her of the sum of forty thousand before killing her using a machete. Not only did they kill her, they also removed her eyes and private part for ritual purposes. Suspect also confessed that one lucky Daniel of Ohoro town contracted them to bring the body part for him after paying them one hundred thousand naira (N100,000).
“The decomposing corpse has been recovered and deposited in the mortuary. Members of the public are hereby urged to assist the police with useful information that can lead to the arrest of the fleeing Akpoghene shoemaker and lucky Daniel.”