The Edo Police command paraded the suspects responsible for the act and remanded three in custody including one Lucky Igbinovia (One-Man-Squad), a former aide to Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress on community security.
Narrating her ordeals in the hands of the suspects at the state police command headquarters in Benin, the lady who hails from Rivers State, told journalists that her worst moment was when they inserted pepper into her private parts, stripped her naked and videoed her.
She said she was taken to a native doctor who mysteriously implanted bullets into her stomach and later threatened her with a live snake, adding that in order not to die, she admitted to the crime and the bullets were later removed from her stomach.
She said when she saw that she was freed from the hands of the native doctor, she told her accusers that she did not steal their phone and that she only admitted to the crime because of fear.
She said when she maintained her innocence; they stripped her naked, inserted pepper into her private parts and severely beat her up.
Speaking on his involvement, Joel Igbinovia (the owner of the missing iPhone Xs-Max) said the victim and her female friend were invited to a hotel at Ugbiyoko, a suburb of Benin city, to entertain his friends.
“The girl was a prostitute. My younger cousin called her to the hotel and she came with another girl. I got up to pay my hotel bill on POS, but when I got back to my seat, my phone was no longer where I put it and the girls were gone. I asked why and I was told that the girls said the money we offered was too small.
“We searched everywhere but we couldn’t find the phone. We then went to another hotel where the girls had gone to and we met them there. I then pleaded with the girl (Ada) to return the phone to me because she would not be able to use it, being an iPhone, but she denied. It was then decided that we invite a voodoo man the following day to resolve the issue,” he said.
Joel further explained that the voodoo man instructed them to write their names on pieces of paper he gave them and squeeze the paper.
He said, “The man told us that the name of whoever stole the phone would disappear from his piece of paper. When we opened the pieces of paper, the girl’s name had disappeared. He repeated the process and the same thing occurred. Then, the voodoo man left us.”
The suspect added that the girl later confessed to them that she actually took the phone, but was under the influence of alcohol she took that day.
He, however, said that when the victim could not take them to where she kept the phone, his cousin began to beat her and inserted pepper into her private parts.