A retired military officer identified as Major Afisatu Ajuya has been killed and her body and apartment set ablaze by her security guard on Sunday in Ugbor area, GRA Benin, Edo State capital.
The security guard whose name has not been made known and eight others who committed the crime have been arrested, The Nation reported.
Witnesses said the gang broke into the apartment of the retired Army Officer in the early hours of Sunday, strangled and set her ablaze before making away with items like electric fan, luggage jewelries and phones.
State Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo who confirmed the incident, said it was a case of robbery, arson and murder.
Kokumo said the suspects killed their victim and set fire on the place to make it look like the victim died from the fire incident.
“But thank God we have the lead now and I am sure we will come up with more facts,” he added.