The Police in Ebonyi State have arrested Maduabuchi Ede for allegedly hacking his in-law, Kenneth Elom, to death with a piece of firewood.
The victim and his wife, Scholastica, had married for over eight years and the union produced four children before it collapsed. Scholastica returned to her parents’ home in the nearby village.
But she continued harvesting her estranged husband’s yam in the ban and other crops in his farm which angered her ex- husband, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
Kenneth, in company of his friend, Augustine Nwankwegu, had made several complaints to his ex-wife’s parents and family to warn her to desist from s€€such.
Mr. Nwankwegu, who accompanied Kenneth on several occasions to complain over the matter, told our reporter that “we have been complaining to the woman’s family that their daughter has been harvesting Kenneth’s yam and other crops in the farm and carting away his belongings.
“The father in-law, after listening to us, fixed a date for the settlement of the matter and urged Kenneth to continue to maintain peace as everything will be resolved amicably.
“As we were driving home, Kenneth pleaded that we see the mother in-law to clear his conscience of having reported her daughter’s behaviour.
“When we got there, it happened that they had locked their door because it was late in the night but with the help of the family who was outside who knocked, the door was opened by the mother in-law”.
‘’Then the son in-law who heard our greeting when we came in, directed the mother not to attend to us and he immediately ordered us to leave the compound within a second.
“He rushed and got a heavy wood while Kenneth turned back to open his vehicle to enable us escape. But he was unlucky as Maduabuchi descended on him, hitting him severally with the wood and he collapsed.”
He said the victim was rushed to hospital that night and was in coma for some days before he died on May 20.
The Ebonyi Police spokesperson, George Okafor, confirmed the incident.
He said the suspect has been arrested while investigation into the matter has commenced.
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