35-year-old missing mother found dead, body in a sack
The search for the missing mother of two children, Mercy Henry, has come to an end.
The 35-year-old woman’s body was found mutilated and buried in different sacks behind a building allegedly belonging to the prime suspect said to be in police custody.
It was learnt that Mercy was killed the same day she transferred money to the man she went to see for medical help.
According to her father, Pa Ekienabor, the breakthrough in the case started after the Police arrested four people alongside the suspect. During interrogation, the detectives appealed to the four suspects that anyone who gives them useful information wouldn’t be punished.
He said one of the four men raised his hand and then volunteered information to the police. Police went there, searched the house and zeroed in on the spot where Mercy was buried.
“Police recovered her handbag, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card, and her phone. These items were hidden in one of the uncompleted houses inside the blocks there. Till tomorrow, Mayowa was still denying knowing anything about the matter, but when the police brought him out of the cell after interrogating the other four suspects; he saw them and almost collapsed. Yes, he knows them.
“They are working together, so he couldn’t deny it,” he said.
Pa Ekienabor said that the suspect probably killed Mercy for money ritual purposes, adding, “All the men of God, women of God, pastors, Bishops, I went to, all assured me Mercy was being kept somewhere, that we should pray, that she would come out, we didn’t know that she had been killed and buried for long. Yes, she was killed three minutes after her friend, transferred N30,000 into her First Bank Account.”
Mercy on December, 16, told her family that she was heading to Ijegun, a suburb of the Ikotun area of Lagos State; she however, never mentioned the name of the person she was going to visit.
Ekienabor said: “On December 16th I got a call from my son that Mercy didn’t return home to sleep.
“She had told everyone she was going to Ijegun, but she didn’t mention the name of the person she was going to see. That same night, her siblings started calling all her friends, asking if they had heard or seen Mercy.
“One of her friends residing at Port Harcourt, named Ayo, said that she spoke with Mercy at noontime. She said that Mercy called, asking for a loan of N30, 000, that she needed it for treatment at a trado-medical home, that she was short of blood and getting leaner. Ayo told us that she paid the money into a First Bank account given to her by Mercy.
“Ayo told us that she paid the money into a First Bank account given to her by Mercy. The money landed in the account at 1:59 pm and at 2:02 pm, Mercy’s phone number stopped going. Since then, we’ve not been able to reach her.”
The following day, the anxious family members dashed to Gowon Police Station to make a formal complaint, declaring Mercy missing. Using the information supplied by Ayo, the police went to First Bank and with the assistance of the Bank, the account holder that received the N30, 000, was arrested. He, however, denied seeing Mercy.
Pa Ekienabor said: “He claimed to have seen Mercy four years ago when she came to his traditional birth centre to deliver a baby girl. But his phone history and chats showed that he and Mercy spoke on December 15th at about 9 pm. Now, if you call her phone, it would be switched off, but at night, it would ring twice or thrice, then it would be switched off. It shows that someone used to charge it.
“The children of Mercy, following her disappearance, had been asking for her, but relatives told them their mom would soon be home, unaware she had been killed and buried.”
The 35-year-old woman’s body was found mutilated and buried in different sacks behind a building allegedly belonging to the prime suspect (name withheld).
A source close to Mercy’s estranged husband said the police had shown him the mutilated body asking him to confirm if it was her body.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adekunle Ajisebutu, had confirmed the disappearance of Mercy and the arrest of the suspect last week.