Ebonyi State Police command yesterday confirmed the killing of a widow, Mrs. Nkechi Ezaka Ucha, and her lover, Mr. Ifeanyi Nwokwu, as a result of suspected infidelity by unknown persons at Umuezeoka Umueze Ezza Effium in Ohaukwu LGA of Ebonyi State.
It was gathered that the victims were killed at the weekend and thereafter locked in a room to decompose
It took the intervention of neighbours who discovered that the two were missing and decided to look for them, only to discover their decomposed bodies as a result of the odour oozing out from the room.
A source who hails from the community, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday, said: “A married man and his concubine (widow) were murdered. Their dead bodies were found inside the man’s room last night.
“This is a worrisome development as this is not the first time we are witnessing this kind of ugly incident, sometimes last year, a similar incident happened where armed robbers killed a young man in this same Umuezeoka Umueze community and till now, the perpetrators of this heinous crime have not been brought to book.
“The spate of killing and armed robbery activities in Umuezeoka Umueze in Effium Autonomous community has reached an alarming proportion.
“So many of our illustrious sons and daughters can no longer visit home because of the fear of the unknown, our aged fathers and mothers have been living at the mercy of this terror men.
“I am pleading with the IG of police and Ebonyi State Government to please come to our aid as our people can no longer sleep at home and those of us who are in the cities cannot come home because of cases of similar nature.
“We are pleading for a police post which can help in securing the lives and properties of my people.
“We are also pleading with the police to use their high powered intelligence gathering to unraveled the killers of this people.”
Responding, the Development Coordinator of the community, Mr. Agbo Sunday, vowed to assist the police to bring the perpetrators to book.
“The incident that led to the death of Ifeanyi Nwokwu and Nkechi Uncha is quite unfortunate. I sympathise with the families over their untimely death from such mysterious circumstance.
“I also want to urge to people not to take laws into their hands as security agents have waded into the matter, even as investigation is on to gear to unravel the circumstances that led to their death,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner who spoke to journalists through the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.
According to him, “Yes, there is a report that two persons, a married man and a widow was found inside a room but we don’t have the detail of the incidents.
“According to the report, their body is almost decomposing. But the perpetrators are not yet known and I assure you, police are investigating the matter and very soon we will unravel those behind it.”