By Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
A 58 year old woman, Mrs. Felicia Ezeora whose son, a father of four children was allegedly beaten to death recently by a certain Mr. Emmanuel Elebara, 30 at Ndiofutu village in Amachi Development Centre has called for impartial judgment over the incident in Abakaliki LGA Ebonyi state.
Speaking with our reporter in her home, Mrs. Felicia told us that on the fateful day, her son, Mr. Christopher Ezeora 28 years, left house for small shopping at a busy junction within the vicinity and after a while some people rushed to their compound and told her that the young man was lying motionless at the area.
According to the woman, upon her arrival and enquiry at the scene, it was discovered that the deceased had a mild misunderstanding with the accused person. Mr. Elebara who allegedly attacked him ferociously until he became unconscious and following the efforts of some sympathizers that night, Mr. Christopher was resuscitated with first aid treatment but later gave up the ghost the following morning at a mission hospital where he was admitted for full treatment.
“My son had not been found wanting in any area. Since he grew up, he had always been mindful of his immediate and extended families together with his carpentry work, but in spite of his peaceful disposition, someone had killed him perhaps, we are not rich, leaving his four children and wife to suffer”, she said
An eye witness, Mr. Victor Nkwoagu told us that the trouble burst between the two men as a result of the directive issued recently by Ebonyi government, stating that everyone should observe curfew between 7:00pm-7:00 am and on the sorrowful day, Mr. Elebara believed to be Covid-19 task force member operating in Abakaliki town returned home and found out some men were refreshing themselves with dry gin around 8:00 pm at Ndiofutu Village against the instruction.
He disclosed that the accused killer’s bid to enforce some level of compliance on the people made him to angrily collect the peoples short tumbler and broke it, but shortly, he was engaged in a fight by the deceased who felt irritated over the action.
“Immediately after the fight had ensued between them, the victim grabbed Mr. Elebara and smashed him on the ground severally which caused appraisal and moral encouragement from majority of the people.”
“When the taskforce man who is also a father of four children could not withstand the shame, he utilized the best of his strength and fell Christopher too but to our surprise, the carpenter could not stand up and in the long run, he died in the hospital the following morning “ he said
Mr. Nkwoagu attributed the misfortune to the handiwork of the devil and display of unnecessary pride in the part of Mr. Elebara as the two had not had any disagreement before the incident
The village head, Mr. John Adaka told us that he was at home when the problem happened, but later returned from Ishielu LGA upon hearing the information through phone calls to enable him and other executive members alongside stakeholders ensure that the matter did not escalate.
“Before the incident, the entire villagers had already made a degree stating that no one should shield criminality in the area.
“Thus, concerning this issue which involves loss of life, it is left for the government to decide the fate of the accused person” he said