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Tragic Loss: How A Mother of Four Brutally Murdered by Neighbour and Son in Edo State


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Mrs. Nata Igbinovia, a mother of four, tragically lost her life when she attempted to intervene in a fight between her cousin and neighbors.

The incident occurred on Saturday in Okpagha-Ewuare, a community on the outskirts of Benin City, Edo State.

According to Patience, the deceased’s daughter, the suspects brutally attacked her mother with a knife and an axe, resulting in her untimely death.

“As he went to bring the small dagger, the son brought an axe that they usually use to split firewood. As he wanted to stab my cousin brother, my mom intervened, and that’s when the knife ended up in her hand.

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“As my mom fell to the ground near their gate, the man took the axe and struck her back. While he was doing that, he took the opportunity to stab my mom in her side ribs,” she said.

Patience further recounted that upon discovering her mother’s lifeless body on the ground, the perpetrators fled the scene.

Fortunately, a nearby neighbor learned of the incident and promptly provided a vehicle to transport her mother to the hospital.

In an interview with the Punch on Wednesday, Chidi Nwabuzor, the spokesperson for the state police command, confirmed the incident and stated that the investigation is underway.

He identified the primary suspect as Philip Ayo, who has been apprehended.

When questioned about the son’s involvement in the suspected murder, Nwabuzor explained that the detectives would determine further actions after completing the investigation.

“He will be charged to court shortly after the public holiday,” he added.


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