…To Cover Up N187,000 Debt
…Dump Body in Toilet Pit
By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy
Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested four suspects who gruesomely murdered a herbal medicine dealer, Kenneth Justice, a native of Amuzukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State who until his death resided iat Agbaja, Izzi Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
Speaking with newsmen on the issue, Ebyia Development Center Coordinator, Hon. Uchenna Nwankpuma hinted that information reached him on that fateful morning that a herbal medicine seller had been murdered by unknown assailants.
According to him, he quickly rushed to the village of the incidence with the Izzi Divisional Police officer, at Okpoduma in Agbaja Community where through the assistance of the villagers, the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Kenneth was unveiled.
He stated that the alleged principal culprit, Mr. Ede Kelechi “M” aged 20 years and a native of Ndiofa in Nkaleke Community in Ebonyi LGA was an interpreter to the deceased and they lived at Edward Nkwegu’s Food Processing Factory compound from where they go for the sales of herbal medicine business before the victim met his death.
The Coordinator condemned the barbaric act, describing it as inhumane, and in the same vein condoled with the bereaved family, praying that God should give them the solace to bear the loss.
“I want to sincerely condole with the bereaved family for the big loss and I pray that God should give them the fortitude to bear the loss.”
“I am also advising our youth in the state to engage in meaningful skill and not waiting for government job before they can do something, because if those behind this crime are into business or doing handiwork, I doubt if they would have had this type of thought in the first place.
It was gathered that the alleged principal killer, Mr. Ede had in recent time stolen over N170,000 from the victim and another N17,000 from the deceased at different occasions which on serious enquiries, he admitted to have stolen the money and promised to pay the money a day before the incident.
In a similar account, the Okpoduma village Head, Chief John Obiya stated that on hearing the incident, all stakeholders of the village gathered and on interrogation, the deceased’s sibling confided in them that he had traveled and returned that morning.
He revealed that they had no case with any indigene except the interpreter, Mr. Ede popularly known as Baby Oku.
According to the deceased sibling, when they invited Baby Oku, he admitted to have stolen the money but promised to pay a day before his brother was killed.
He further explained that with the tip-off from the principal killer, his gang members were arrested and they confessed to have killed and dumped Mr. Kenneth inside the toilet pit at night before the day he was to pay the money to avoid paying the stolen money.
The villager head told Citizens’ Advocate reporter that his people were angry over the news on radio in the state that all the arrested killers are from Okpoduma Nwofe and called his people to disregard the report, pointing out that if not for the voluntary effort of the villagers who saw the deceased man as one of their brothers, the alleged killers wouldn’t have been traced as quickly as they were.
Similarly, Member Advisory Committee, Hon. Oyo Paul Ugboloko and Okpoduma Nwofe youth president, Mr. Ignatius Nwodom Ijere frowned at the news on radio alleging that the killers are from Okpoduma village and called the general public to disregard the information purporting that those arrested are from their area, revealing that two persons are from Oferekpe-Agbaja, and two others from two different council areas of the state.
Those arrested were given as, Mr. Agom Ezekiel, “M” 24 years, from Oferekpe-Agbaja Community, Mr. Nwokpuru Oforbuike, “M” 22 years from Oferekpe-Agbaja Community, Ede Kelechi, “M” 20 years, from Ndiofa Nkaleke Community in Ebonyi LGA, and one popularly known as Lion from Ezza Effium in Ohaukwu Local Government Area.