Brother shares sad story of how sister was killed and dragged on Lagos road

The brother of late Rose Aifuwa, the Austria-based woman who was allegedly murdered on Christmas Day in
Benin, Edo State, Mr. Nosa Ojo, has urged the Nigeria Police to leave
nothing to chance in bringing her killer to justice.

The mutilated body of the mother of three
was found at Upper Mission extension junction, along the Benin-Auchi
Expressway in the early hours of Christmas when many Christians were
making their way to the church.
Ojo said his sister, who hailed from
Iguodo community, in the Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state,
returned to the country to celebrate the Christmas and New Year with her
He said she had demanded the payment of a
debt running into millions of naira from the sale of goods she had
imported for the suspect, one Festus Aimufua, who was a spare parts
dealer in Benin and had spent the previous night with her in her
residence on Lucky Way.
According to Ojo, it was while his late
sister was trying to prevent Aimufua from leaving in his car, after
refusing to pay, that he (suspect) crushed her and dragged her on the
road for over 500 kilometres, before dumping her body at the junction.
He said he got a call that the lifeless
body of her sister, who was supposed to attend a carol with her family
on Christmas eve, was found lying on the busy expressway.
He said, “We drove to her house and saw
the blood stains outside from where Aimufua dragged her body. Our family
could not celebrate Christmas afterwards.
“Her children lost their father 19 years
ago and she had been the breadwinner. Now, she is gone and every
Christmas will become a reminder of sorrow for us. In fact, my
80-year-old mother is still traumatised by her shocking death.”
It was also learnt that the suspect had
reported the incident to the Ikpoba Hill Police Division. He claimed to
have killed her by accident, saying he was under the influence of
But the family maintained that the late woman did not die by accident.
Ojo said, “He (Aimufua) called later in
the night that he had an argument with Rose and while he was driving
away, she stood at the front of his car and he use his car to push her
“How can you see somebody in front of your car and still move? He is responsible for her death.
“The Austrian government has waded into
the matter, the Inspector-General of Police is also aware of the case,
while the Commissioner of Police is investigating the matter.
“What we ask is that the police should
use their good offices to bring to justice whoever is responsible. That
is all what we want.”
The Edo police spokesperson , DSP Joseph
Edoigiawerie, told PUNCH the case had been transferred to the homicide unit of
the State Criminal Investigation Department to unravel the
circumstances surrounding the death of the late businesswoman.
He said, “The Austrian government
contacted the police through the IG and requested the identity of the
woman to really find out if she was an Austrian.
“Her passport has been sent to the Austrian embassy.”

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