From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

Operatives of the local vigilance in Edo State, Edo State Security Network (ESSN) have arrested a middle aged man for killing his daughter and burying her body in a shallow grave in the Uteh Community in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state.

The suspect, Mr. Emmanuel Ovwarueso, said he killed her for money.

The young man, popularly known and addressed as Emma One, confessed to the ESSN operatives who apprehended him at the Uteh area of the Upper Mission Road Extension, an area where the suspect resides with his family, that he committed the crime.

His wife, whose name could not be confirmed at the time of press, said, “my husband’s attitude changed recently. He kept saying I should not look at him like a poor man anymore. Even at his place of work, he was buying drinks for everyone as if he was celebrating. Even his co-workers were surprised at his new spending style. He even told them that his money was very near. We never knew he was having such a dangerous plan.”

The vigilance member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “We saw him that Thursday night with a bag, walking so fast like he was rushing to catch up with a flight.

“We stopped him, but he resisted us. We asked what was inside the bag, he said it was his food.

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“So we searched the bag and found a human head inside. We interrogated him and from the way he was talking, it was obvious he was hiding something.

“So we took him to his house and we met his wife tied down. We united her and asked who tied her, she said it was her husband. She told us that her husband tied her down with a rope before killing their daughter.

“He took us to the place where he buried the little girl’s body in a shallow grave and the body of the girl was exhumed immediately”, he said.

Some residents of the Uteh community, who spoke to newsmen, said “Emma One” is fond of beating his wife and kids regularly. Some of his co-workers said he is heartless and loves fighting uncontrollably.

Contacting the Edo State Police Command for confirmation, the Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, said he was yet to be briefed about it. He said when he finds out, he would get back to the reporter.

“I am not aware. I’ll find out and when I do, I will get back to you”, Nwabuzor said.