Legal and Judicial Affairs

Benue State government orders investigation into family killings

The Government of Benue State in North Central Nigeria has ordered full investigations into the circumstances behind the killing of five members of a family in Makurdi on a Friday night.

The directive followed widespread outcry that a mother of three, Mrs. Veronica Adetsav, had reportedly hacked her husband to death with a pestle, slaughtered her three children and then, took her own life in a very mysterious circumstance.

Benue State Acting Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu who gave the directive described as horrific the killing of Mr. Nicholas Adetsav, a staff of Makurdi local government council and his entire family.

Mr. Abounu said the suggestion that the late wife carried out the killings before taking her own life was minds boggling and needs to be properly investigated.

The Acting governor consequently instructed the Commissioner of Police to delve into the matter and carry out full investigation with the aim of unravelling what actually took place.

Engineer Abounu is very saddened by the events of Friday night and the loss of five precious lives. He condemns the killings, describing it as a sin against God and humanity, says his Media officer, Mr. Ede Ogaba Ede, in a statement.

The Acting Governor commiserates with the relations and families of the deceased and hopes that such a horrendous thing would never happen again.

Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the incident, said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, had already ordered a full scale investigation into the matter.

According to Yamu, we can confirm that the incident happened but, for us as the Police, it would rather be too hasty to conclude that it was the woman that carried out the killings or not.

Though preliminarily investigation based on information going round, especially within the neighbourhood, is suggesting that the woman carried out the murders.

But of course, that is why the Police is there; we will investigate further and our investigation will reveal the true position of things. It is after that, that we will draw our conclusion.

The Commissioner of Police had already ordered full scale investigation which the homicide department is presently working on. Our investigation will give the true picture of what happened. Already we have removed the five corpses to Saint Theresa's Hospital Makurdi, for autopsy even as investigations continue.

Those killed were a boy and two girls who are the children of the couple and both parents, Yamu said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria