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Housemaid Who Killed Mother Of Former Edo State Governor, Has Been Sentenced To Death

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A high court decides that former housemaid, Dominion Okoro, a young Nigerian woman, should die by hanging.

The Benin High Court sentenced her to death on Tuesday after finding her guilty of killing a human.

Until June 21st, 2022, the 25-year-old lady was known as a housemaid for a powerful Nigerian family house in South Nigeria

The court said Ms. Okoro killed 85-year-old Madam Maria Igbinedion, the mother of former Edo State Governor, Lucky Igbinedion.

The Presiding Judge of the court, Justice Efe Ipkonwonba, convicted Dominion Okoro of all three counts—a charge of murder, violence, and robbery.

The Court also served her life sentence for applying harmful substances to the victim.

Dominion Okoro lived with her victim in her house until late last year.

On December 2, 2021, Dominion Okoro killed Igbenedion’s mother in her house in GRA Benin City, according to police.

The 25-year old said she killed her employer because she wanted to steal her jewelry and money.

“I killed Mama (Madam Maria Igbinedion) to take her money. She did not offend me. ”

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“While she was sleeping on her bed, around 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2021, I used a stool to hit her head and she screamed for help.

But there was only the gateman around, and he didn’t hear her shout. Mama later died.

I waited till 4 a.m. on December 2, 2021, before I left the house with her N100,000, a wristwatch, and jewelry.”

“I ran to Cross River State to meet my sister, but the police later arrested me,” she said.

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Patience Okoro, Dominion’s sister, who was charged as an accessory after the fact, was discharged and acquitted by the court.

On December 22, 2021, Edo State Police arrested a 25-year-old woman for the alleged murder of the late Maria Oredola Igbinedion.

Phillip Ogbadu, the Commissioner of Police in Edo State, instructed reporters that they arrested the suspect in Calabar, Cross River State.

And they have evidence linked to her crime.

Not much is known about Dominion though. Reports claims she worked as a housemaid for the Igbenedions for a long time, caring for their mother.

And they saw her as their daughter before the tragic incident.

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