There was pandemonium, Thursday evening, at Ubima area of Ikwerre Local Government area,Rivers State, when a man, Aleruchi Samuel Awuzurike, was allegedly brutally killed by an assailant, one Chibueze Ojiriome, over a purported missing goat.
The Nation reports that trouble began when Awuzurike went to Ojiriome to enquire of his missing goat, which resulted in altercation between the duo.
The altercation degenerated into a fisticuff during which Ojiriome inflicted severe machet cuts on Awuzurike, leading to his death, hours later.
The incident led to a riot in the community, following which the suspect’s house was razed by the raging mob.
Residents were said to have been angered by the fact that Ojiriome had in the past killed one of the goats owned by the deceased.
Confirming the incident, police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who described the killing of Awuzurike as unfortunate, disclosed that his suspected killer had been arrested and that investigations were ongoing.
Omoni said, “l can confirm the unfortunate incident of Ubima where one Chibueze Ojirome, 23 years old, without justification gave several machet cuts on one Samuel Awuzuruike which caused his death.
“Recall that some days ago the same suspect killed a female goat belonging to the deceased.
“This attracted the villagers who resorted to self-help by burning the suspect’s home before the Police arrived.
“Meanwhile the suspect has been arrested and victim’s corpse deposited in the mortuary while investigation is ongoing. So far, normalcy has been restored,” the PPRO assured./SHARE THIS