Obinna Uchendu, Abakaliki
A Local Government chairman in Ebonyi State Dr Eni Uduma Chima has washed his hands off the death of one of his subjects, 36 year old Kelechi Amos Irem.
The deceased hailed from Ezi Ndi Ogudu, Ogwuma, Edda in Afikpo South LGA.
Speaking to newsmen in Abakaliki the chairman noted that the deceased, while drinking in a beer parlour had a problem with another, which led to a fight.
He said; The deceased had problem with Paul Okeunu and in the course of the fight, he was said to have been beaten up and people from his place, his relative, because they were right in his own village came out to fight in his support.
“An Okada rider, carrying the Paul Okeunu was also attacked and matcheted. The deceased while the fight continued ran to his father’s compound, brought out a matchet and used it to inflict cuts on many people.
“When relatives of the people he inflicted matchet cuts on, came, he saw them in their numbers and tried to escape from them; and while he was running, because he was not familiar with the terrain, he ran to the back of an upstair at the centre of Ogwuma and while running, he didn’t know when he got to an embarkment close to the road, he slipped, fell down and hit his skull on the concrete road”.
“He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. That caused outrage, but the community people held a meeting at their village square and concluded that nobody specifically could be held accountable for his death, that it is was an accident”.
“There is no reason to link anybody, let alone myself to the death of the young man. He is a boy I have never met, our paths have never crossed, we are not struggling for anything”.
Meanwhile, the family of Pa Amos Ibiam of Ezi Ndu Ogudu, Ogwuma Eddah in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has petitioned the State Commissioner of Police.
The petition dated August 5th, 2021 and signed by Monday Amos Ibiam and Mrs. Felicia Ama Nkama alleged that Mr. Kelechi was gruesomely murdered at about 6pm on Saturday, 31st July, 2021.
They alleged that the deceased was murdered in their family compound adding that the killing was carried out by some youths suspected to have come from Ekoli Edda also in Afikpo South LGA.
The petitioners expressed concern that late Kelechi who resides in Lagos was a tailor by profession and only visited the village for the burial of his friend before he was brutally murdered.
“It is sad that Kelechi who just visited home for burial can be murdered in this manner by a group of notorious boys terriosing people of the community”.
“We hereby appeal to you to use your good offices to intervene in the matter to ensure that the killers of Late Kelechi Amos Irem are brought to book”.