Tears poured in torrents Saturday in the Edoji Uruagu Nnewi community of Anambra State as one of their daughters, Ebere Ezeh, allegedly murdered by her own husband, was buried in her father’s compound.
Relatives, friends and other mourners, from all over the community, most of them dressed in black attires, converged on the compound and wept profusely as Mrs. Ezeh was bided goodbye.
Members of a youth group to which the late woman belonged could also not hold back tears. They intermittently expressed anger over the gruesome murder of their colleague.
Mrs Ezeh was allegedly murdered by her husband, Sunday Ezeh, on October 11, after he poured acid on her, forcing some down her throat and beating her to death with iron. The woman was pregnant at the time of the attack.
Mr. Ezeh, 33, is still at large, but relatives of the woman said he had been telephoning them, demanding forgiveness and claiming he was manipulated by the devil, through his parents, to carry out the act.
One relative said Mr. Ezeh said in his last telephone call that he would commit suicide by drowning himself if his wife’s family refused to forgive him.
On the day of the incident, Mr. Ezeh, of Obiofia Nnewichi, allegedly lured his estranged wife, Ebere, 23, to follow him to inspect a plot of land he recently acquired.
But as they approached the purported property, Mr. Eze pounced on his wife and poured acid on her.
A relative of the deceased woman, who spoke to reporters on the day of the incident, said Ebere was separated from her abusive husband and was staying at her father’s house. But on the day of the incident, Mr. Ezeh visited and pleaded with Ebere to accompany him to see a plot of land he recently acquired.
He allegedly left her for dead after attacking her with acid and forcing her to drink some of the corrosive substance.
According to witnesses, Ebere’s scream alerted a team of policemen who were passing by the area. She was subsequently taken to the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
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