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Friday, 13 October 2017

Landlord, children kill tenant two days to wedding





A landlord in Owerri , the Imo State capital , Paul Oparaugo , and five of his six children allegedly stabbed to death their tanant, Udochukwu Iwuoha , on Wednesday.

Iwuoha , who hailed from Agbaja in the Nwangele Local Government Area of the state , was to traditionally wed his fiancée on Friday ( today ) .

The tragedy was said to have occurred at No . 50 Onumonu Street in the state capital between 9 pm and 10 pm.

After allegedly killing the artisan , the family of seven reportedly fled the area .
Neighbours were said to have vandalised their property.

A neighbour , who declined to be identified, on Thursday said  that the family ensured that the victim died before they left him.

He said , “The incident happened on Wednesday . Udochukwu had told Paul Nwachukwu , who is a security guard at a branch of Guaranty Trust Bank , to stop rearing chickens behind his apartment.

He told him that the smell and noises of the chickens were affecting his health ; but the family took his observation as an insult.

They beat him up before stabbing him . A neighbour , Godspower, who came to rescue Udochukwu ( Iwuoha ) , was stabbed in one of his hands.

The man , Paul Oparaugo and five of his six children – Chiemezie , Ndubuisi , Ugochinyere , Chidera and Deborah – committed the dastardly act . It was the last born , Michael, who is in primary school , that didn ’t take part in the murder .”

An unidentified friend of the slain man said , “He had complained that his landlord was always on his case .”
Another neighbour , who identified himself simply as John , said all the hospitals that the victim was taken to on Wednesday rejected him.

John said , “The hospitals demanded a police report because the injuries were too much. Before we could get the report , he died .

“We have reported the matter at the Owerri Urban Police Station . Policemen came here , and his corpse was deposited at a morgue .”

The state Commissioner of Police , Chris Ezike , who confirmed the development to our correspondent , said he had ordered that the case be transferred to the homicide section of the Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence Department of the state police command.

Ezike said , “It is a case of a family feud . Some youths in the area wanted to take the law into their own hands , but we were able to calm the situation.

“The suspects are known ; they are on the run , but they can ’t run for too long .”



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