22-year-old choir mistress found dead in hotel room


Veronica Takor, a 200-level Microbiology student at Benue State University, Markurdi, was found dead in a room in Modona Hotel.

Details of her death are a bit foggy as family of the deceased claims police interference in the investigation. Speaking to The Nation, Mrs. Philo Takor, mother of 22-yea-old Veronica said her daughter was a modest lady who led an exemplary life up until her death.

She said: “Of all my children, she is the best in terms of character. She hardly goes out. You would not even know when she was in the house. She was a choir mistress; a Christian committed to serving God.

Veronica Takor

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“If you know her, she was always in the church. I keep trusting God to find her killers. Now that she is dead, let the will of God be done.

Mrs Philo who is a widow of 12years is reliving the pain she went through when her husband died. Narrating how her daughter died, the mother of four said:

‘I am a teacher by profession. I lost my husband to the cold hands of death more than 12 years ago.

“I have four children, three girls and one boy, and I have been training them from primary school until they are now in the university.

“Two of my daughters, the late Veronica and Doowuese, are both in Benue State University Makurdi.

On Saturday, 19th March, Veronica woke up at about 7 am, and told me that she was going to Wadata Market where she used to buy second hand clothes to sell. She went and returned to the house at about 12 noon.

“When I came out of the bathroom and was getting ready to go for a wedding, I saw her and she told me that she had bought the clothes and left them at the shop so that after having her bath, she would go back to the shop where she also fixes nails for people.

An unperturbed Philo went on her usual business till she did not hear from her daughter later that night. She noted that she tired reaching Veronica on the phone but all to no avail.

“I tried to call her on the phone but her phone was switched off. From about 3 pm, we kept trying the number but it was not going through. My daughter Doowuese also joined in trying to get her on the phone to no avail.

“When it was night, I became apprehensive and did not sleep. I was worried because she had never spent a night outside her house. I sat outside till about 5am on Sunday morning.

I believe my sister was killed because I saw her nails turn black – Doowuese

Madona Hotel

Doowuse Takor, sister of late Veronica believes her sister was killed in a brutal manner. Speaking to The Nation, she said:

“When I went to the hotel room 406, I saw bloodstains on the bed sheet and she defecated all over the room. Her pant was in her handbag.

“From every indication, it was planned. If not, why would the manager of the hotel and the police not allow us access to the body or take pictures?

“Can someone ask the policemen that came to the hotel if they have any picture of Veronica dead in the hotel? There is a cover-up here. Something is not adding up.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Catherine Anene, who disclosed this while confirming the incident, said no part of the deceased’s body was missing at the time her remains were recovered from the hotel room.

He said: “There is a death report of a lady in a hotel but details will come from the doctors, though we didn’t see marks of violence on the body. So, the autopsy will reveal the cause of the death.

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