Landlord, Children Kill Tenant Two Days To Wedding
A landlord in Imo state has reportedly murdered his tenant who was set to marry his fiance in less than weeks.
According to report, the tragic incident occurred at No. 50 Onumonu Street in the state capital between 9pm and 10p. The landlord Paul Oparaugo, and five of his kids stabbed the man, Udochukwu Iwuoha, to death on Wednesday.
Iwuoha, who was to be married on Friday (today), according to neighbours was stabbed until he died before the landlord and his kids vandalized his property.
“The incident happened on Wednesday. Udochukwu had told Paul Nwachukwu, who is a security guard at a branch of Guaranty Trust Bank, to stop rearing chickens behind his apartment.
“He told him that the smell and noises of the chickens were affecting his health; but the family took his observation as an insult.
“They beat him up before stabbing him. A neighbour, Godspower, who came to rescue Udochukwu (Iwuoha), was stabbed in one of his hands.
“The man, Paul Oparaugo and five of his six children – Chiemezie, Ndubuisi, Ugochinyere, Chidera and Deborah – committed the dastardly act. It was the last born, Michael, who is in primary school, that didn’t take part in the murder.”
Friend of the deceased said:
“He had complained that his landlord was always on his case.”
Another neighbour, who identified himself simply as John:
“The hospitals demanded a police report because the injuries were too much. Before we could get the report, he died.
“We have reported the matter at the Owerri Urban Police Station. Policemen came here, and his corpse was deposited at a morgue.”
State’s Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, confirmed the incident, and said that the case has been transferred to the homicide section of the Criminal and Investigation and Intelligence Department of the state police command.
Ezike said, “It is a case of a family feud. Some youths in the area wanted to take the law into their own hands, but we were able to calm the situation.
“The suspects are known; they are on the run, but they can’t run for too long.”