A female staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Miss Sophia Phillips Horsefall, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend and two others after she refused to make him her next-of-kin to her bank account and also refused to give him N1 million he had demanded from her.
The boyfriend, Sotonye Martin, was arraigned at a Port Harcourt magistrate’s court by Department of State Services, DSS, along with Innocent Oluche and Wachukwu Ugochukwu. The murder was committed on November 8 this year.
Counsel to the DSS, Mr C. S. Eze, told the court that the defendant, Mr. Sotonye Martin, had lured the deceased, who he had a 13-year-old daughter with, to the house of the second defendant, Innocent Oluche, where he allegedly stabbed her to death. He claimed the two men buried the deceased in a shallow grave, and invited the third defendant, Wachukwu Ugochukwu, a spiritualist, to perform some rituals.
The victim’s elder brother, Mr Amatu Phillips, while speaking to reporters, alleged that his sister was murdered by the accused, who was her boyfriend of 13 years because of her wealth. He claimed she had some money in her account and confided in the boyfriend who kept on pestering her for financial support. According to him, his sister had given Mr Martin money several times, but when he came again demanding for N1 million she refused.
He alleged that the boyfriend later lured her to his friend’s house, drugged her and stabbed her in the neck while demanding her ATM card and password. He also added that the boyfriend had tried to persuade his sister to change the name of her next of kin on her bank details to his name.