Crime Updated: May 21, 2024

Benue girl declared missing found dead in Abuja

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
May 21, 2024

Another Benue girl, Margret Oyibo Atayi, who had been missing since Friday, May 17, 2024, was discovered dead in the late hours of Monday in Abuja.

Margaret, an Idoma girl from Ugbokolo, Okpokwu LGA in Benue State, was last seen outside City College of Education, Abacha Road, Mararaba, near Abuja, at around 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2024.

While reporting her death on Idoma Darling's Facebook page, her sister Stella Ameh thanked everyone who contributed to the hunt for the dead.

The reason of her death remained unknown at the time of submitting this report, although the majority of people believed it was linked to ritual killing.

Allnews.ng had previously reported that another Benue girl, Kadoon Louisa Iornumbe, was discovered dead with her corpse discarded at Mpape Junction in Abuja in the early hours of May 3, 2024.


Ritual killings, particularly by Yahoo Boys, are rapidly increasing in Nigeria.

Recall that a few weeks back, police in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, commenced an investigation into the death of a yet-to-be-identified lady whose body was found after Mpape Junction in Abuja.

The Spokesperson of the FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, who confirmed the development on Friday noted that the Mabushi Divisional Headquarters of the command had evacuated the body, adding that investigations were ongoing to identify the lady.

"Mabushi Division took the body to the hospital yesterday. We have yet to identify who she is. We are still investigating, “she said.

“An X user who tweets as #Arike_Jane posted photos of the unidentified lady on Thursday, noting that no form of identification was found on the corpse to get through to her family and relatives.


“This young girl was found dead this morning, after Mpape junction around Abuja top bridge that connects Berger and AYA. They couldn’t find any useful information about her or any I.D. to get through to her family and relatives,” she wrote.

Responding to the tweet, some users alleged the possibility that she was a ‘one chance’ victim, noting the removal of all forms of identification from her.

David Offor, an X user, expressed sadness over the death, saying, “It is really sad. Everyone should be careful of how they move at night in Abuja, If you must go out in the night, board a cab from a park, take a drop, or book any of the online logistics. One chance is still real. May she find peace.”


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