Gunmen kill businessman in Ebonyi

Posted by Charles Iwuoha, Enugu | 30 April 2018 | 1,300 times

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Unknown assailants at the weekend assassinated a middle-aged man identified as Friday Igwe with his head and private parts cut off in his country home of Amaonye, Ishiagu in Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State.

The victim who was said to be a successful businessman, according to report, had been having issues with his nephew, Ikechukwu Okorie, over a disputed piece of land some time ago in the community.

A member of Ishiagu community, who did not want his name in print told newsmen in Abakaliki that the development had thrown the entire community into mourning as the deceased was said to have started making effort to build his own house before he was suddenly killed by persons suspected to be hired killers.

“Friday Igwe was murdered in cold blood at his country home, Amaonye in Ishiagu in Ivo local government area on 27 April, 2018. The victim’s body was found with his head and private part cut off. The victim was a successful businessman who surprisingly came home frustrated. He is a nephew of an Abuja based rich industrialist, Mr. Ikechukwu Okorie, also from Amaonye Ishiagu.

“The victim came home some years ago and was allegedly planning to build a house in a land bequeathed to him by his grandfather near St. Gabriel Catholic Church Amaonye Ishiagu. He shares the same grandfather with Ikechukwu Okorie. But about 2 years ago the victim about 35 years had a serious dispute with his nephew, Ikechukwu Okorie as the Abuja based rich man laid claim to the land also.

“This disputed landed the victim in the police as the Abuja based rich man made sure he was detained for more than a month and before the victim could be released. Mr. Ikechukwu Okorie had fenced the disputed land. The victim being frustrated decided to live at a distant settlement in the community. Up till now, no arrest has been made. The corpse was taken to Agu 3 palace and finally to the mortuary.”

Confirming the incident, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ishiagu, Mr. Urom, who stated that the matter would soon be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), of the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki added that the deceased was killed by unknown assailants.

“His head was cut off; his stomach also burst open. He was killed by an unknown assailant. The matter will soon be transferred to the SCID for further investigation.”

Reacting, the Community leader of Amaonye, Mr. Aja Chika who described the incident as very terrible prayed God that the perpetrators of the dastardly act be arrested and prosecuted according to the law.

“This is a very terrible thing; since the existence of the town nothing like this has ever happened; the community is totally amazed by the development; am short of words; let the perpetrator be caught and brought to book; we have been having challenges since I came on board as chairman but this development is unfortunate.

The traditional ruler of Ishiagu community, the Agu III, HRH Eze Moses Okafor Ngele who is the chairman of traditional rulers council of Ivo LGA expressed optimism that the perpetrators will be arrested in no distant time through traditional means.

Source: News Express

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