A romance that started on a social network as ended tragically after a woman killed her lover who was married and carted away his property.
The deceased identified as Bankole Charles Orisanya worked as an oil rig worker for Halliburton in Rivers State, and met Loretta Odikagbo(pictured), on Badoo in 2013. The duo hit it off immediately and were having series of trysts in Bankole’s house.
However, in the course of time, Loretta, an Ordinary National Diploma holder in Marketing from the River State Polytechnic (RIVPOLY), plotted to rob Bankole who hailed from Akoko in Ondo State. She drafted her in-law, 30-year-old Ime Francis Moses (pictured), a university dropout and another accomplice into her plan.
On September 19, 2014, at the invitation of Bankole, the 28-year-old was at his lover’s residence at Woji, Port Harcourt for their usual tryst. However, she was accompanied with the plotters and hid them in the compound.
After robbing their victim of his valuables, it was said that they killed him so as to cover their tracks up.
However, a police investigation team led by Mr. Joseph Okpamen, an Inspector, of the Homicide Department of the SCID in Port Harcourt blew the lid off the heinous crime when they arrested Loretta on December 10, last year at Rumukpokwu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in her boyfriend’s house.
The suspect who is detained at SCID, however, denied killing Bankole.
She said, “I was arrested over the death of my boyfriend Late Charles Bankole. I conspired with my friend and took my in-law to his house to harass him so I could get some money from him, which led to his death; but I was not there when he died, I was at the Automated Teller Machine (ATM). There is a third person that can tell the story of how he died but unfortunately, he has not been arrested. So, he is not here now. This story can’t be complete if the third person is not arrested.
“I am 28 years. I met Bankole on the internet. I initially did not know that Bankole was married; overtime I discovered. He actually promised to settle things with me. He talked about buying a car. When I hinted this to my in-law (Ime), he said he had a way to help me get what I wanted from him and I conceded to the idea.
“On the agreed day, I moved into Bankole’s house and waited for them there. He came with another of his friend. I opened the door for them. They came in. His junior started tying Bankole up. Ime was holding a torch which they came with because this happened in the night and there was no electricity supply and it was raining heavily.
“At a point, I decided to go to the ATM with his (Bankole’s) card to withdraw some money from his bank account. One of the two men decided to go with me. So, my in-law (Ime) was left behind with Bankole who was still alive when we left.
“He (Ime) later met me at the ATM point to get some money from me. He informed me that he called a taxi driver to carry some things from Bankole’s house (supposedly some of his property). I told him that I was going because it was already late at night.
“I was arrested on December 10, brought here (at the SCID), and showed picture of lifeless body of Bankole. I don’t know who killed him. The relationship lasted for over a year. I am not so certain because we related a long time on the internet before we met in real life.”
Asked if Bankole ever promised to marry her, she said: “No, we never discussed marriage.”
On why she was enraged when she found out he was married, she said: “I was not actually angry, but he did not just tell me he was married. At a point we were serious with the relationship but when I discovered his marital status, I was disappointed and decided to pull out to continue with my life but he insisted on buying me a car instead to calm me down. That was what happened.”
Asked how she was able to get her victim’s ATM card and pin, Ms Odikagbo said: “He gave me his ATM card and pin number under duress. He told me that he had N130, 000 in that account, but I got N120, 000 from the account.
“I am a student of Bori Polytechnic in the Department of Marketing. I have just completed my OND and about to go for my HND. I did one year internship with NARUFUS Inter-Bricks Company.”
Expressing remorse over the incident, she said: “I feel so terrible and primitive. I am guilty of the crime. Bankole was my first internet boyfriend; I am not used to meeting people on the internet or Facebook. I blame my action on hanging out with wrong friends.”