A pastor and a housewife have been sentenced to death for the murder of a staff of an NNPC staff in Benin, Engr. Victor Gabriel Isonguyo.
Eniobong Isonguyo, a mother-of-three, was the wife of the deceased, while Udoka Ukachukwu the second convict, was the pastor of their church.
During the trial, it was revealed that the murder was carried out by the convicts as a cover up for the pregnancy accusation by the deceased.
“The deceased’s wife told the pastor to wait on the route of her husband to work and ask him for a ride. The plan paid off as the man eventually stopped and gave the pastor a ride along Sapele Road, Benin.
During the journey, the said pastor brought out a sharp object and hit him (the deceased) on his neck before opening the petrol tank, sipped out fuel and burnt him beyond recognition,” the court was told. .
After the man’s death, it was established that millions of naira and landed property belonging to him were transferred to the said pastor by the wife.
The woman who was four months pregnant at the time of the incident, later gave birth in Benin prison.
The judgment delivered by Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo, sentenced the two to death by hanging after it held that the prosecution was able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt.