By Godwin Edeh
A 65-year-old retired nurse, Mrs Esther Amali and her 20-year-old housemaid, Miss Mercy Mwuese were allegedly gruesomely murdered last Sunday at about 4:30 pm in their residence along Makurdi-Naka road by one Jimilu Jibril Alias Eko, a neighbour of the deceased and suspected member of the Red Axe Confraternity.
The Voice gathered that trouble started when the housemaid got pregnant which “Eko” and another suspected rival cultists (the Black) whom “Eko” always accused of killing one of their members were both claiming that they were responsible for it.
It was further gathered that upon delivery, the housemaid identified the other person as the biological father of the baby and not “Eko” which according to sources did not go down well with “Eko” who kept abusing and threatening the lady.
It is further learned that the girl reported the matter to her mistress, who intervened into the matter thinking it was over only for “Eko” to come and kill both of them.
It is further gathered that on the ill-fated day, the housemaid was washing the clothes of her baby, who is barely three months when the suspect scaled through the fence and entered into the premises and stabbed her to death.
According to sources, while the suspect was stabbing her, she screamed for help and Mrs Amali, her mistress, rushed out to see what was happening then she saw the suspect whom she recognized and he immediately attacked her and severally stabbed her on the abdomen. All her efforts to attract neighbours for help failed.
Investigations further revealed that Mrs. Amali was later found in the pool of her blood by one of her boys, Orya Dekaa, who raised alarm which attracted people who immediately rushed her to the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi where she kept saying , ” Eko killed Mercy and stabbed me too” till she died.
The suspect whom The Voice gathered hails from Kogi State lives with his parents few blocks away from the residence of the victims.
The matter has since been reported to the “D” Division police station according to the family and the community while bodies of the deceased were deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi.