A 33-year-old woman, identified as Akhere Emujede, was r*ped and then killed afterwards after church service. According to The Nation, she was r*ped and murdered at Ubiaja town, headquarters of Esan South East Local Government. Her corpse was dumped in a church within the locality. Eyewitnesses said the victim’s throat was slit and vital organs removed from her body. She was said to have attended a church programme from a neighbouring village but was killed after the program.
The killing of Akhere has brought cases of suspected ritual killings in Ubiaja to seven within six days. A human head was said to have been dumped in front of a school principal office and another body was found within the school premises. Principal of the school, Patrick Odensenye, said he was taken aback when the found the human head in front of his office. Other mutilated bodies were found in different parts of the community.
Rev. Dr. Joseph Ehimen in charge of the church where Akhere's body was found said they opened the church to discover her corpse.
During Tuesday plenary at the State House of Assembly, the lawmaker representing the Esan South East, Festus Edughele, raised the alarm of presence of ritualist in the community. He said the suspected ritual killings has spread fears in the minds of residents in the area.
Acting Public Relations Officer for Edo State Police Command, SP Stephen Onwochei who confirmed the incident appealed for information that would assist the police.
His words, “We received information that a young girl was found dead inside a church at Ubiaja area of Edo State. “Her name is Akhere Emujede, 33, it is so unfortunate but the command is investigating. For now, no arrest has been made, our men have profiled the scene of the crime”.