Late Madam Maria Igbinedion and her maid
‘By Our Reporter
You are to die by hanging’ that was the verdict of the court that tried Dominion Okoro, the housemaid who killed Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of ex-governor of Edo state, Lucky Igbinedion.
It would be recalled that the 85-year-old woman was murdered at her residence in GRA Benin City on December 2, 2021.
Okoro said she had killed her employer because she wanted to steal her jewelry and money.
She said, “I killed Mama (Madam Maria Igbinedion) to carry her money. She did not offend me. While she was sleeping on her bed, around 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2021, I used a stool to hit her on the head and she was shouting for help, but only the gateman was around and he did not hear the shout. Mama later died.
“I waited till 4 a.m. on December 2, 2021, before leaving the house with Mama’s N100,000, wristwatch, and jewellery. I escaped to Cross River State, but I was later arrested by the police.”
After the confession, Dominion and her sister patience Okoro were arrested and arraigned in court.
Delivering judgment on the case on June 20, Justice Efe Ikponmwonba sentenced the convict to death by hanging for murder and robbery with violence while she bagged life imprisonment for count two which was for applying harmful substances to the late Madam Igbinedion.
Dominion’s sister who was charged with accessory was discharged and acquitted.