After turning himself in to the police, Festus Aimufua, the Edo State born man who was accused of killing his Austrian based woman friend says he did not kill her.
Festus Aimufua, the Edo State young man who was accused of murdering his Austrian based lover, Rose Aifuwa, on Christmas Day of 2014, has come out to say he is innocent of the allegation leveled against him. The crime, which drew a lot of condemnation, had it that the 41-year-old Aimufua, had murdered the mother of 4 after she supposedly demanded repayment of a loan she granted him before she left the country.
But in his statement to the police after he turned himself in, Aimufua said he is quite innocent of the allegation of killing the woman, while also denying that he owed her any money that would warrant him killing her.
This is how he narrated the circumstances that led to the death of the woman:
"I am 41 years old and a motor spare parts dealer. I did not kill her (Rose Aifuwa). It happened on the 25th of December very early in the morning. There is one boy that helped me to pack my goods, the boy was with me.
After I dropped my family, I now decided to go and drop the boy. On getting to Upper Mission junction, she called me and asked if I didn’t know that that day was watch night, and that if I would come to see her. I said I was coming.
Immediately I turned my car and drove down to her shop, she had a bar. On getting there I saw some boys there drinking. I called the sales girl there and told her to give everybody drinks.
The drink amounted to N1,800. Among the boys there, one of them knew me, so he bought me one bottle. So I told my lady friend that I needed to go and drop the boy with me as he was drunk. I promised her that I will come back. That was how she allowed me go.
I drove off. We stopped somewhere to have a drink. I equally bought drinks for people there.
But somehow I decided that I will go home after dropping the boy, but immediately I passed Upper Mission junction, near her place, her call came in. So I told her I was coming and I decided to turn my car to her house. When I got to her place, I took a stick of cigarette from her and told her that I will need to go home early, that some body was in my car.
But as I was leaving her door she blocked me. I told her that I guessed she was drunk because any time she was drunk, that was the way she behaved. But the next thing I noticed was a slap, I retaliated. Before that I observed that some body was sleeping somewhere in her room, where I went to collect the cigarette.
So I went outside but the boy sleeping there woke up and told me not to leave the house. She went to wake up another person and was telling the person something inside. So the guy came out and said I should not leave the compound. The boy started making calls, so I quickly entered my car and locked the car. I saw her rush towards me but I had pinned the doors already. But she blocked my car and I saw two of the boys trying to drag her out of my way.
Then I zoomed off, but I was now asking my boy after we left the compound if I hit anybody. The boy said no, that God forbid. But I was not comfortable because I was really drunk.
After I checked my car very well, I did not notice anything. I went to my friend’s place to inform him of my fear. I now called somebody to go to my lady’s house to find out whether I hit somebody. The boy went and told me that there was nothing like that. So I became confused.
I called my younger brother to help me investigate if she was okay. He called me later to say that he heard she was in hospital and that they had deposited money. He later called me to say that they saw a body at Upper Mission junction and that it was the lady. I called my friends and they said I should go to the police station to report myself.
I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. This is somebody we did everything together and I loved her. I did not beat her, I don’t know what happened. After the incident, some youths went to my house to burn it down, all my people left the house.
My sisters can no longer open their shops because they are scared. I am not owing her and we didn’t have any problem. I even bought her a bag of rice for Christmas. I did not kill before, I am devastated."
On the allegation that he killed her because of a loan he owed her, he said:
"The only goods she brought to me was in February, that was when we met. She brought them from Austria. I am not owing her a dime. Not as if we were even fighting but the problem she had was that any time I visited her, she will not want me to leave when I wanted to. And that was the argument, especially when she was drunk."
But the question a lot of people are asking is how the body of the lady got to be dumped where it was found, far from her house? And what actually killed her if Festus claimed he did not?