Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia
A murder suspect arrested by operatives of Abia State Police Command at Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area of the state has confessed that he killed his kinsman because he (kinsman) told him that he wouldn’t do anything to him.
The suspect identified as Ebu Onwuka, reportedly killed the victim, one Anya Okum, a 56-year-old man, over a land dispute in the forest where both of them were said to have gone to fetch firewood.
It was gathered that the suspect had used a cutlass in killing the deceased on Wednesday, but he was nabbed by the police while trying to escape from the village on Thursday.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade, who paraded the suspect at Command Headquarters in Umuahia, stated that the deceased body had been deposited in an undisclosed morgue in the state.
He added that the body would be subjected to an autopsy at the proper time after investigation of the matter by the police.
Oyebade urged people having dispute over any matter not to take the laws into their hands, but make use of any available window of justice to settle their misunderstanding.
While answering questions from journalists, the suspect said he felt bad for killing the victim because he hadn’t intended to kill him but only wanted to cut his hand to “teach him a lesson.”
He said, “Okum (victim) challenged me that I could not do anything to him; he said if I wanted to try him, I should go and get enough charm to protect myself first, but I told him that I was not diabolical.
“He also went about the village telling people of our dispute and that made angry. So, when I saw him in the forest on Wednesday, I decided to teach him a lesson by cutting his hand. But in the process, he died.”
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