NDDC staff murdered in cold blood, bank account drained by suspected killer FeaturedWritten by LEDUM PRINCE
A female member of staff of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Soibifaa Philips, has been murdered in cold blood by a suspected serial killer.
She worked with the Information Technology Department of the NDDC before her death. However, until her transfer to the ICT Department, late Ms. Phillips had worked with the Legal Directorate.
She mysteriously went missing for about two weeks before her decomposing body was found in a shallow grave in the home of a young man believed to be her lover.
The Neighbourhood gathered from unofficial sources that Soibifaa, also known as Sharon, may have been killed by the said lover whom we learnt had been dating her for some time before she suddenly went missing. Her sudden disappearance was reported to security agents who promptly commenced investigations. The result was the strange finding that the young man said to be her lover for whom she had had a child, hacked her to death in circumstances police investigators are still trying to unravel.
According to a security source involved in the investigation, Ms. Phillip’s body bore marks of deep cuts and wounds indications that she was stabbed several times on the neck and heart region.
The sources claimed that investigations revealed that within the two weeks she was missing, money was being withdrawn from her bank account, thus fuelling speculations that she must have been transferring money to her captor/killer under duress.
The sources believed that the suspect must have decided to kill her to cover up the crime, after collecting all the money he wanted from her.
The Neighbourhood further gathered from sources that the suspect has been found to be a notorious serial killer who had allegedly murdered some persons in the past but was mysteriously released by security agents each time he was arrested for such murder cases due to the intervention of certain highly placed persons in the society. The Neighbourhood, however, could not verify the claims independently.
When contacted by The Neighbourhood, the Head, Corporate Affairs of NDDC, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, confirmed the incident but pointed out that the security agencies had launched an investigation into the matter.
He added: “What the commission is doing is assisting where required to do so, as well as cooperating with security agencies in their investigation to get to the bottom of this tragedy.
“It is a most saddening and unfortunate one. We have done what we are expected to do as an organization in matters such as this, particularly in commiserating with her family, and in conveying our deepest condolences.
“But the investigation is ongoing and we await its conclusion.
When The Neighbourhood contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, Nnamdi Omoni, for his reaction on the matter, he rather requested the newspaper to furnish him with details surrounding the tragedy before he could comment on it. A text message he sent to one of our correspondents at about 03:15 p.m. on Thursday, 1st December, 2016 reads: “Pls(Please) do get enough details and let me react.”