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Police arrest suspected murderer of FUTMinna lecturer in Niger

A 14-year-old female housemaid, Joy Afekafe, has been apprehended by the Niger State Police Command in connection with the murder of Associate Professor Funmilola Adefolalu of the Federal University of Technology, FUT, Minna, Niger State.

She was arrested in the Gbeganu area of Minna, the state capital, on Monday after police preliminary investigations.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement on Tuesday, explained that the suspect had confessed to having connived with two other male friends to carry out the murder.

The statement further explained that during interrogation, the suspect confessed that she served as the deceased’s housemaid for about three weeks but was laid off due to her misdeeds in the house.

According to the statement, “She said after she was laid off, she met her classmates called Walex and Smart, narrated her ordeal to them and conspired to attack the lecturer at her residence.”

The statement said that they went to the residence on October 28, 2023, at 1600hrs, with a motorcycle and she surfaced at the gate while the lecturer opened the gate for her.

The statement explained that Walex and Smart later entered, beat the deceased, hit her head with a stood and stabbed her with a knife brought by Walex, while Smart took another knife from the kitchen and stabbed her several times.

The police spokesman said the suspect stated that the phone of the deceased and laptop were taken away, while they also removed the battery of the vehicle parked in the compound and fled the scene.

He said efforts were ongoing to arrest the fleeing other suspects, while the suspect would be transferred to SCID for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

DAILY POST recalls that last Sunday, Prof. Adefolalu, a lecturer at FUT Minna was found murdered at her residence in Gbaiko Area of Minna, the state capital.

Her colleagues who did not see her in the church had visited her residence to inquire why she failed to come for church and had to force her door open and met her remains in her pool of blood with two knives with blood stains by her side while the corpse was deposited at the IBB Specialist Hospital, Minna.