In what has been described as taboo, a middle-aged mother of five Children has murdered a Chief in Enugu State after she allegedly pulled out his two eyes.
According to the report which was monitored by 9jatoday on the PUNCH, a widow woman whose name is given as Blessing Nwatu has killed Chief Oforbuike Ani, 73, a native of Amodu Akunanaw in the Nkanu West Local Government Area, Enugu State.
This online news platform gathered that Nwatu hits Chief Ani with a brick in his residence and allegedly pulled out his eyes.
The reports had it that one of Ani’s sons was reached on phone by neighbours, and with no waste of time, the son came down to carry his father to the hospital, where he was late confirmed dead on February 28.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the incident has happened on 21 February 2020.
Reporting the case to newsmen, Barry, a son to the late Chief Ani hinted that his father’s killing was like a thunderbolt hit to him, but that he thanked God that the culprit had been arrested.
He stated, “On February 21, 2020, I received a call from my father’s best friend that I should come home immediately because my father was seriously ill. I thought maybe it was his usual illness. So, I rushed home.”
“While on my way to the village, I started receiving calls that I should come home because a woman used a knife to pluck out my father’s eyes.
“When I got home, I saw my father lying down in a pool of blood in the compound with his two eyes plucked out. I asked a woman I saw in the neighbourhood where the perpetrator was, but she advised that I should take my father to the hospital first. I took her advice and rushed my father to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla.”
“I met a doctor at the Emergency Unit and he asked me what happened to my father; I could not tell him much, because I didn’t have the details and he told me to get a police report before the hospital would start treatment.”
Sorrowful Barry narrates that he has to plead with the medical personnel to start treating his father while he goes to get the police report on the horrible incident.
“He accepted to commence treatment and I went to the Agbani Police Division, where I reported the incident. Immediately the DCO saw the pictures of the incident, he followed me to the hospital to see my father. It was at the hospital that the DCO called his men to go to my community to arrest the perpetrator,” he said.
“When I left the hospital with the DCO, I got a call from the doctor asking me where my father’s eyes were and if I picked them. I told him no and he said that I should go and bring the eyes. I came back to the village but could not find them. I went back to tell the doctor that I couldn’t find them.”
“Since February 21, 2020, the doctors started battling to save my father’s life, but on February 28, he passed away and because he had instructed that his body should not be kept in the mortuary, we had to bury him today (Tuesday) according to his last wish.”
Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ndukwe, has noted that the culprit has been nabbed on Friday and remanded in a correctional centre.