Justice Efe Ikponmwonba of the Criminal court 1 in Benin city, Edo state, has sentenced Dominion Okoro, the housemaid of late Madam Maria Igbinedion, mother of ex-governor of Edo state, Lucky Igbinedion, to death by hanging for killing the 85-year-old Madam Igbinedion on December 2, 2021, at her residence in GRA Benin city.
Dominion Okoro, who had served as the housemaid for late Madam Igbinedion for years before the incident, said, she killed her because she wanted to cart away with her money and personal items;” she added that, “her late boss never offended her.”
In her words, ”I killed Mama (Madam Maria Igbinedion) to carry her money. She did not offend me.
“While she was sleeping on her bed, around 12:01 a.m. on December 2, 2021, I used a stool to hit her on the head, and she was shouting for help, but only the gateman was around and he did not hear the shout. Mama later died. I waited till 4 a.m. on December 2, 2021, before leaving the house with Mama’s N100,000, wristwatch, and jewellery. I escaped to Cross River State, but I was later arrested by the police.”
Following her confessional statement, Justice Ipkonwonba, on Monday, June 20, convicted Dominion on all the three counts charges filed against her.
The court therefore, sentenced her to death by hanging for the murder and robbery with violence; while she also bagged life imprisonment for count two charges for applying harmful substances to the late Madam Igbinedion.