By Agnes Nworie
Angry mob, natives from Ezza Umuhuali of Ishielu local government area have in a reprisal attack beaten a 50 year old man, one Mr. Emeka Nnaji to death for killing a teenager.
The sad event which threw the residents of the community into pandemonium started when a 13 year old boy, Promise from the family of one Mr. Simon Mkpuma- Anyigor, was beaten to death by Mr. Nnaji.
Sources, who spoke with Citizens’ Advocate, revealed that Promise had gone to fetch firewood in a bush close to Amaegu village when the incident occurred.
Narrating their ordeal, our sources in the area explained that the day’s experience was not funny at all as it depicts a typical war situation where people both young and old ran helter-skelter seeking for safety in total confusion as the Ezza and Umuhu people live almost without any common boundary there.
The development, according to report, later degenerated into the fracas between the victim’s village Ugboenyim and Amaegu that of the perpetrator.
It was gathered that angry mob later launch a reprisal attack on the perpetrator and killed him.
The Local Government chairman of the area, Hon. Henry Ezeh, while confirming the sad event, said law enforcers have intervened in the situation to ensure peace reign in the two villages.
On her part, the Police image maker in the state, DSP Loveth Odah also in a phone interview confirmed the incident and frowned at the rate which people take laws into their hands.
DSP Odah also stated the Acting Police commissioner in the state DCP Ayioku had visited and admonished people of Umuhuali, added that the corpses were already deposited at Ezzangbo mortuary for autopsy while investigation is ongoing.
DSP Odah spoke thus in part, “A little boy of 13 years, Promise by name went to fetch firewood and in the process had fracas with a man of 50 years old and the man allegedly beat him to death.”
“The youths of the other side got angry, mobilized themselves and went to the man’s village and butchered him with cutlasses. But we are not happy. Nobody is happy. We are mourning. It is an ugly incident. We want to say that people are not supposed to take laws into their hands. When something happens, they should call us on phone. Let us get to know what is happing around you. You know anybody who takes another’s life will be arrested and punished according to the law.”
“Taking laws into their hands by fighting or killing the person is what we condemn. That is what we heard for now. It is an allegation still under investigation. The two corpses have been recovered and deposited at Ezzangbo general hospital mortuary for autopsy .The Acting commissioner of police DCP Yekini Ayioku had visited the area and advised Umuhuali people and general public against taking laws into their hands.” Odah stated.
Recall, the community is inhabited by two different clans the Ezzas and the Umuhus due to ancient agreement by their forefathers.