•By Emmanuel Edom•
Police in Achalla Division, Anambra State, have declared man-hunt for a middle aged man, Ifeanyi Eziechine, who allegedly murdered his relative by cutting off his penis.
The gruesome killing of the victim, Sunday Ikwunyelu, also known as ‘A-Big’, has thrown the hitherto peaceful community, Akpulu village, Ugbenu in Awka North Local Government Area of the state, into panic and sudden mourning, following the horrific death of their son.
Eziechine, who is said to be on the run after the incident, was alleged to have killed the father of six children, by initially hitting him with a heavy object before cutting off the deceased genital with a knife, resulting to excessive bleeding and death.
Police operatives who were said to have visited the fleeing suspects house, ended up arresting his mother, Mrs Maureen Eziechina and wife, Mrs Ada Eziechina.
Narrating the incident that led to her husband’s demise, the deceased Wife, Mrs Maryrose Ikwunyelu, who sobbed uncontrollably, noted that it was the victims intervention over a quarrel that emanated from a Ludo – gambling game in her shop that caused the attack.
According to her, ” I was in front of my shop playing Ludo game with one nurse Rebecca when Ifeanyi, who happens to be my husband’s brother joined us. He requested to be allowed to participate in the game but I declined on the ground that he often cause trouble each time he participated and lost out in the game. Sometimes, it would lead to destruction of some items in my shop and compound.
“It was on that note that he took offence and this led to exchange of words. He abused and called me all sorts of unprintable names. My husband was not around then but when he came back, somebody else told him how Ifeanyi abused me right in my shop. This made my husband to confront Ifeanyi.
“It was the confrontation that led to a fight on that Tuesday morning between the two and my husband out of anger, confiscated his motorcycle ignition key, insisting that he must pay for all the damages he caused in my shop.
“This incident happened in the morning but around 6.30 pm, my husband rush off to the neighbouring village to watch the Nigeria/Argentina match. In no time, someone rushed to our house to announce that my husband and Ifeanyi were fighting again, that Ifeanyi waylaid him and attacked him with a heavy weapon from behind.
“He was still struggling for survival when Ifeanyi grabbed his penis and cut it off with a knife.
He was already lifeless at the time I got to the place and this happened right in the presence of Ifeanyi’s mother and wife, an indication that it was a calculated plan to kill my husband”, she narrated.
The mother of deceased Mrs. Louisa Ikwunyelu, who looked calm but pale, said that she could not believe that her son was no more. She called for justice to prevail on the matter.
“I am calling on Nigeria Police to fish out the where about of Ifeanyi that killed my son. My son cannot be buried until Ifeanyi’s where about is known.
“They must be buried together. Ifeanyi’s mother vowed to eliminate my family and she said it to the hearing of many,” she said.