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13 Oct 2017

How Landlord and Children Stab Tenant to Death Just Two Days to His Wedding

A landlord in Owerri, the Imo State capital and five of his six children have allegedly stabbed their tenant to death and fled on Wednesday as neighbours vandalized their property.
The landlord and the tenant

Tragedy happened at No. 50 Onumonu Street in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on Wednesday after a landlord identified as Paul Oparaugo, and five of his children allegedly stabbed to death their tanant, Udochukwu Iwuoha

According to a report by PUNCH newspaper, the victim, Iwuoha, who was to traditionally wed his fiancée on Friday (today), was murdered in the state capital between 9pm and 10pm as the landlord's family reportedly fled the area, after allegedly killing the artisan which led to the neighbours to vandalise their property.

While speaking to a correspondent, a neighbour said on Thursday that the family ensured that the victim died before they left him.

He said, “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.”

An unidentified friend of the slain man said, “He had complained that his landlord was always on his case.” While another neighbour, simply  identified as John, said all the hospitals that the victim was taken to on Wednesday rejected him.

John said, “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.”

The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, who confirmed the development to our correspondent, said he had ordered that the case be 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.”

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