ABAKALIKI— ONE Emmanuel Nwegwe, 40, from Umunaga village in Uburu community of Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, weekend, was reported to have murdered his relative, Innocent Onu, 54, over an unresolved misunderstanding.
Vanguard gathered that the suspect had been engaged in a feud with the deceased and other relatives on Saturday over the suspects’ decision to offload sand inside the compound where the family members had planned to use for a wedding reception of another family member on Sunday.
It was further learnt that the family members of the suspect had scolded him over his decision to build a house for his father on a part of the compound different from the one allocated to him for that purpose.
After much persuasion, he agreed to move the sand to another part of the compound and to abide by their decision on where to site the building.
A source said: “On Sunday (yesterday) morning, when the family members gathered to put finishing touches to their plan for the wedding, he came out with a pump action gun and ordered the elders to lie down.
“He opened fire on the head of one the family members, Innocent, who died on the spot.” a source said
It was gathered that the suspect immediately after committing the crime, ran into a nearby forest for refuge as he was yet to be apprehended by men of the Ohaozara Police Division who had already mounted a manhunt for him.
Confirming the murder incident, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sylvester Igbo, stated that: “the a case of murder of Innocent Onu, 54, by one Emmanuel Nwegwe, 40, at Umunaga village, Uburu in Ohaozara LGA has been reported to the command” adding that the deceased and suspect were family members.
Meantime, the Coordinator of Ohaozara West Development Centre, Bar Roy Umahi Eze, who hailed from the community, described the incident as regrettable, adding that the body of the deceased had since been deposited at the Presbyterian joint Hospital Uburu.
He warned family members in the community to leave as one and avoid incidence capable of disrupting the peace and unity existing in the area.