FROM ALOYSIUS ATTAH, Nsukka
There is apprehension in Okpo Community, Enugu Ezike, Igbo- Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State following the murder of a man and his seven-month pregnant wife.
The victims, identified as Ogbuenyi Idoko, were murdered in their bedroom, had their throats slashed with a sharp knife while their blood was collected in a bucket by their killers.
This is happening three months after the murder of Mabel Udaya, a 24-year-old woman in the same community by suspected ritualists.
Sources told reporters that the victims were killed probably on Friday night, leaving their three year old daughter between their corpses. It was the cry of the little girl on Saturday afternoon that drew the attention of a neighbour who came into the compound and saw the gory sight of the couple before raising the alarm.
Giving further insight into the killing, an indigene of the community, who craved anonymity, said that the deceased couple were poor people in the village.
The source maintained that there is a network of killers and ritualists operating in the community who are probably behind such bloodshed in recent times.
Our source maintained that two people from the community working with a suspected killer who were arrested in connection with Mabel’s death were surprisingly released by the police through the influence of a prominent member of the community.
The traditional ruler, Igwe Patrick Okenyi, condemned the killing and said the people are helpless over the strange murders. He said they have lodged a formal report to the police.
As at press time, some women from the community with some male delegates were at the police command headquarters over the killings.
Police spokesman, Ebere Amarizu, in a telephone chat ,confirmed the incident and said the police had commenced investigation.