Eighteen – year – old Internet fraudster , Victor Orji , who allegedly killed his girlfriend – 24- year – old Mariam Alabi, tells what transpired and how he found himself in police net
Could you tell us a bit about yourself ?
My name is Victor Orji, I am 18 years old.
I was born on July 9 , 2001 .
I am from Benue State .
My mother is from Enugu State while my father is from Benue State Olatagba Abadi Local Government .
I attended Al -Barka Primary School and I moved to Oduduwa Junior High School and I moved down to Gbagada Senior Grammar School, Lagos .
I completed my secondary education in 2016 .
The lady you set ablaze , who is now deceased, was said to be your girlfriend, when did you start dating ?
We had been dating since February 28, 2019 .
I met her through a friend .
What was she doing when both of you met and became friends?
She was a sex worker .
I was aware of that . Initially , our intention was not to date each other .
I only wanted to have sex with her and pay her off .
How did you get yourself into this situation ?
It started on a Monday .
I gave her some money to make her hair.
She went to Badagry for the hairdo because I did not have enough on me .
On a normal day, if she wanted to make her hair, she used to go to Lagos Island to get it done .
She left around 7 :15 am and returned around 8 :30pm .
I tried to find out why she came back at that time .
I told her the following day (Tuesday) to take her bag and leave.
She immediately took her bag and she left .
She came back on Wednesday with a female friend .
I wasn ’ t at home at that time . When I got back and saw her and her friend , Olamide , I didn’ t say anything because I didn’ t want to cause a scene while her friend was there. So , we settled our quarrel .
On Thursday , she said she wanted to see her sister who had just delivered a baby at Sango Ota in Ogun State.
She also said she would use the opportunity to see her family .
So , she left. But I wasn’ t convinced she was going to see her family.
So I called her mum and asked if she knew where her daughter was and her mother said no. But I told her what her daughter told me .
Her mum , unsure of what to say , gave flimsy excuses to cover up for her .
I knew her mum always asked me to forgive her .
I felt it was becoming the usual situation.
So , on Friday ( of the same week ) , she returned in the night but before then, in the morning , I had called her .
I had already blocked her number.
I called to ask when she would return home but her phone was switched off .
After calling her for about three hours without success, I blocked her line.
Then suddenly , she started calling me , but it indicated a private number.
After calling several times, I picked up. She said , “ Victor, I am at home now . ”
At home , she said everything was fine .
I told her her mother had said she did not know where she was .
She responded by asking if her mother would know everywhere she went .
Then I got angry again and told her to pack her bag and leave .
She called someone; I suspected that the person said he was not around so there was no way she could go there that night .
So , she begged me to forgive her and I left her alone but I was sure she called someone because I saw the name (Kunle ).
I asked who Kunle was and she said it was one doctor that used to give her medicine .
After her explanation , I forgave her and allowed her to stay but she slept in the sitting room and I slept in the bedroom .
In the morning , I checked her phone after trying different passwords .
I saw the number she called .
I checked Snapchat and saw videos of her .
She was in a hotel taking hard drugs and having fun .
So I took the phone to the sitting room to confront her .
I slapped her across the face and she woke up.
She already knew what she did .
She ran to the kitchen and locked the kitchen door .
I asked her why she closed the door and if I didn’ t look like someone that could scold her .
She didn’ t respond .
Then I went to the backyard and tried to come in through the door leading out.
When I got in, she pointed a knife at me .
I ran to the bedroom to pick up a mop .
When she saw me with it , she threw the knife away and ran to the backyard where I kept my generator .
There was a keg of petrol there; she brought out the petrol .
Are you saying she was the one who brought out the petrol ?
Yes . She was saying , “Victor , if you want to kill me , kill me ”.
I was able to overpower her .
I put the keg of petrol down and went inside to get a lighter .
I snapped the lighter .
Are you denying that you doused her with petrol ?
It not like I doused her with the fuel . She was with the fuel but in the process of trying to take the keg of petrol from her , the fire started .
I was the one that picked up the lighter and used it .
Were you not aware of the implication of such an action?
When I was in school I read a lot about fire , gas and lot of that, I was not thinking properly at that moment .
I wasn’ t even angry or happy .
I don’ t know what really happened .
Did you actually weigh the consequences of your action?
I wasn’ t thinking .
When she was on fire , I ran outside to pick up a fire extinguisher but I didn ’ t know it was beside me because I wasn ’ t thinking .
I even opted for water but I once heard that water would worsen something like .
I ran to the bedroom to get a duvet which I used to cover her immediately to put out the fire .
It wasn’ t even up to a minute , let me just say it all happened in about 59 seconds because everything happened really fast.
What did you do after that ?
I called her mother and told her I had burnt her daughter and she hung up .
I was confused and began to shout for help . Instead , people tied me up .
Now that the law has caught up with you , how prepared are you to face the consequences ?
I won ’ t lie , I am not prepared .
If I had taken a second to think about it , I would not be in this mess .
I am still young; I have dreams and goals to accomplish in my life .
Within the little time we spent together, I understood her .
She did things that she was not proud of and I was the only one that understood that.
She said she had a five – year – old child and had to go through a lot of things .
She had to leave her father ’ s house and that led her into prostitution .
She said some friends introduced her to prostitution .
She also told me she was going to stop and that she needed someone to take care of her , so I promised to take care of her .
How old was she ?
She told me she was going to be 24 years old on December 28, 2019 .
That means she was about six years older than you .
When I was in school , I never had a girlfriend .
And when I was looking for a girlfriend , I met her and felt she was more experienced in life and would be able to guide me .
Also , I felt that because of the things she had gone through , she wouldn’ t behave like other girls out there .
I felt I wouldn’ t have to worry that she was going to cheat on me , especially since she also had a child .
What were you doing for a living?
I was into Internet fraud . I had been doing since 2016 .
How much did you make from fraud?
What I used to get was not so much .
At times, I got $ 1 , 500 , at times $ 1 , 000 . I ’ m really good at saving .
I don’ t like going out .
I might just stay at home for like three months and save .
How were you operating your ‘ Yahoo’ business ?
I always used Instagram. I would go to some pages and follow people .
Once they accepted , I would send them a message .
From there , relationship would develop.
If I realised that the person was interested , other things would follow .
I could make demands , etc. You can ’ t get anything from some people .
The law has already caught up with you .
What do you have to say about this incident?
There’ s always consequence for every action.
This is the consequence of my own action.
Are you prepared to face the consequences ?
I’ m scared but I know that between going to jail and facing death, I prefer death.
You mean you prefer death to serving jail term?
Yes ; I prefer death.
I cannot go to jail for two months .
If I go to jail , my life will be messed up .
So you prefer to be killed for killing your girlfriend…
Yes , because that’ s what everybody is saying now .
They are saying something like “I’ m not supposed to be human – that I must be an animal to have killed someone” .
I didn’ t even do it intentionally. But it has happened .
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