The mother of the Austrian-based Nigerian woman that was killed by her lover/business partner in Benin City, the capital of Edo State in Nigeria is demanding justice for the brutal murder of her daughter.
According to what the mother (pictured above on the right) told the Vanguard Newspaper, she left Ms Rose Aifuwa (pictured above in the middle) in the company of his lover, Festus Aimufua (pictured above on the left) and his friends on December 24th to go to bed as she was feeling unwell. She said her daughter even made a joke about it, calling her an old woman. And that at the time she left, Festus and his friends were having some drinks at her daughter’s place.
She said the next day, she was supposed to go back to her daughter’s place, only to receive the message that her daughter was dead and the body was lying at a junction.
“The killer of my daughter said they both slept together and that when he wanted to leave my daughter held him insisting he must pay her the money he owed over some business transaction. It was at that point he knocked her down with his vehicle and dragged her on the ground which led to her death,” she told the Vanguard.
Lamenting on her daughter’s loss and what it meant to her, she said her world has crumbled, and that she’s in hell as her daughter is her breadwinner.
She also talked about how her daughter has been shipping goods to Festus to sell and remit the money to her but he never did. And according to her, when Rose complained that Festus has not been remitting her money, she advised her to stop sending her her goods.
Talking about other things her daughter has been doing for Festus, she said Rose also bought Festus a car and rented him an apartment that she spent over N250,000 on and her reason was to uplift his status because she was being laughed at for dating a man beneath her status. In addition to the car and rented apartment, Rose was also building a house for Festus at Aduwawa in Benin City and that most of her business dealings in Nigeria were controlled by Festus because the late Ms Rose trusted him.
“I am begging the police and Governor Adams Oshiomhole to come and help me. They should ask Festus why he killed my daughter despite all my daughter did for his in life. I have never seen this kind of wickedness in my life. Instead of killing her he should have gone with the money. I am finished,” she told the Vanguard amidst tears.
According to the Vanguard, further investigations revealed the sum of money owed to Rose by Festus has accumulated to about N20 million. They also reported that Festus was a married man with two children.
Confirming the incident, the Edo state Police Public relations officer, DSP Joseph Edoigiawerie, said the case was reported to them by the brother of the deceased.
“A case of murder was reported by one Elvis Omokhojie, that his sister, named Rose Aifuwa, was found lying dead on Upper Mission Extension junction, Aduwawa, Benin-City, and the cause of death unknown. We have been to the scene of the incident and taken the corpse to the mortuary. Our investigation led to the arrest of the man friend or lover because, according to the report, he (the suspect) was last seen with her,” he said.”
As an Austrian citizen who travelled to Nigeria with an Austrian passport, the Austrian embassy is reported to have had written to the Edo state Police command over the death of Rose.