By Oginyi Ruth
A 70-year-old woman, Mrs. Okeh Ineh from Labassa, Okpoto community in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has been allegedly butchered with a machete by her son, Emeka, even as another has beheaded mother in Ezza South.
The widow who had lost two of her sons last year was killed by the only surviving son, Okeh Emeka in their house at Labassa while she was preparing their dinner in their hut.
It was learned that Emeka went and filtered fermented cassava (Akpu) for the mother to prepare for their dinner but while the mother was preparing the akpu, he went into their house and took his machete and unleash the mayhem on the aged Woman.
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After giving the woman some machete cuts, he fled through the bush and later resurfaced in the house and started calling the mother to come and give him food.
The woman was rushed to Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki, by police team who visited the scene but while on a hospital bed, she opened her eyes and said she doesn’t know what came over her son and then gave up the ghost.
This is happening even as another man of 26 years old, Otubo Monday on 22nd of September beheaded his aged mother Otubo Comfort at Ndufu Amaezekwe in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and ran away from the house.
Both Ishielu Local Government and Ezza South Local Government Area are in Ebonyi Central zone of the state.
The 26 years old suspect, Monday who has confessed to the crime was traced and arrested by the police while the corpse was deposited to the mortuary.
Stakeholders of the Labassa, Okpoto community in Ishielu Local Government Area was said to have expressed shock over the incidence as Emeka has been one of the best-behaved youths in the community.
They went to seek for his release and the corpse, but the police refused to release the corpse of his mother demanding that autopsy should be conducted, but the stakeholders expressed concern that should they fail to bury the woman, she will forever remain in the mortuary.
Citizens’ Advocate gathered that the co-wife doesn’t have a male child and now no one can help the family.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ebonyi State, DSP Odah Loveth confirmed the two killings and decried the high rate of murder in the state.
She said the two suspects confessed to the crime and have been charged to court and that Opoto community is processing the release of the corpse of late Mrs. Ineh for the burial.
She said, “On September 19, one Joseph Ite a vigilante member of Labassa Okpoto in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, in company of seven others brought one Mrs. Okeh Ineh about 70 years to the station with multiple machete cuts on her head and reported that same day at about 3: 20 pm, one Okeh Emeka, the third son of the woman, used machete and attacked his mother, he inflicted deep machete cuts on her head and abandoned the victim in the pool of her blood and escaped through the bush.
“Preliminary investigation is on. Police officers rushed the victim to FETHA 2 but after some minutes the victim gave up the ghost. The suspects later surfaced in the house and he was arrested.
“Everybody is suspecting he has a mental problem as Emeka came back to the house only to start calling the mother to come and give him food that he was hungry.
“Emeka before committing the crime went and filtered Cassava (akpu) for their night food.
“The woman had lost his son two years ago and since then, Emeka has been so close to the mother as the only surviving child and refused to travel out just to take care of the mother.
“Stakeholders of the community, who visited the police station to recover the body of the deceased, confirmed that Emeka has been a good boy that he was the one who went and prepared the fufu.
“The woman while in the hospital said she doesn’t know what came over Emeka, the son and immediately she made the comment she gave up the ghost.
“The villagers came to the police seeking authority to release the corpse but as I said, the woman doesn’t have any other child, nobody will bury the woman if she is allowed to be in the mortuary.
The community said if they leave the woman she will remain in the mortuary and people contributed money for the burial but the police told them that the suspect will be taken to court and that releasing the corpse without autopsy will complicate the issue because if police fail to bring up evidence in court, it will actually make the matter to be shallow so the corpse has not been released but the suspect has been charged to court because he confessed to the crime, saying he doesn’t know what happened. Police can’t release such person; he may go home and commit another crime.
She called on Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) to embark on counseling of youths in the rural areas of the state, adding that anyone who discovers a mentally deranged person should report to the security.