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How A Security Guard Landed In Hot Soup For Murder Of Former UPTH Director

 John Danjuma

A security guard, John Danjuma, has been remanded by a Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He was remanded over the alleged murder of his former boss, Boma Amabomu Jumbo who was also a former University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) Director of Administration.

The Presiding Chief Magistrate, Collins Ali, following a request from the Police, orders remand of the suspect in Port Harcourt Correctional Centre.

He also and ordered that the case file should be handed over to the office of Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, for legal advice.

The suspect did not take his plea since there was no charge leveled against him.

The Presiding Magistrate adjourned the case to 15th of June 2023 for DPP advice.

Meanwhile, C. Kema, Counsel to the deceased, Boma Jumbo, said they await the DPP advice, since the court has no jurisdiction to try the case.

Boma Amaomu-Jumbo was murdered by Danjuma on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

John Danjuma, said to hail from Nasarawa State, had in alleged confession recorded on video before operatives of Rivers State Police Command Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) narrated how he broke into the home of Boma where he had been dismissed as gate man, and butchered her with a machete in the early hours of last Tuesday.

The suspect has been on trial over the suspicion of stealing $10,000 US Dollars while in the employment of the victim.

However, two days before he was due to appear in court again, he broken into the apartment of her former boss where he butchered her with a cutlass pick he picked from her kitchen.

The murder was intended to stop his former boss from giving evidence against him in the theft trial, a legal practitioner who is also an in-law to the deceased, Mr. Dolapo Tella Attoni said.

The legal practitioner noted that the assailant who has been granted bail on the theft case instituted against him by his former employer, decided to eliminate her in order to prevent her from testifying against him in court on that day.

Attoni alleged that the suspect also killed the lady who recommended him to Mrs. Boma Amaomu-Jumbo for employment.

John Danjuma said that ” As soon as he was granted bail in case of stealing the sum $10,000 US dollars from his boss by the Rivers State Magistrate Court, he began to plot her elimination.”

“He gained access to her residence situated at the Old G.R.A Port Harcourt, by scaling the fence and passed through the guest room toilet of the house to strike.”

“Armed with a sharp machete, he launched a surprise attack cutting her neck and head severally.

“It was alleged that earlier same Tuesday, May 9,2023, the same suspect killed the lady that recommended him to her (deceased victim) for employment .”

“Unfortunately for him , he was caught while trying to escape with items stolen from the residence and the blood of the victim all over his body. Having been caught at the scene, he confessed to committing both murders.”

Another account has it that the murderer had scaled the fence of his victim to carry out the murder. But the security dogs in the compound did not bark at him, having recognized him as the one who had been feeding and taking care of them.

He was said to have spent the night inside the house without the knowledge of the deceased, who he murdered with a machete when she was preparing breakfast in the morning of that fateful day.

It was the new security guard that caught him while he was trying to escape with jewelries and other items he stole from his victim’s room, with blood stains all over his body.

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