BY PETER DURU, Makurdi
There was heightened tension yesterday at Abinse town, in Guma local government area of Benue state, when a middle aged man, Benjamin Fakande allegedly hacked his neighbour, one Jacob Unumbe, to death after he caught the deceased in bed with his wife.
Saturday Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness that Benjamin had been suspecting and accusing his wife of infidelity but when he confronted her on the issue, she denied and threatened to quit the marriage.
”The man had been accusing his wife of infidelity, but when the rumour became rife for several weeks, the man decided to spy on the wife until he got proof that she was actually having an affair outside her matrimonial home with the deceased.
”He was forced to confront the deceased whom he cautioned to stay away from his wife because he was destroying his marriage, or be prepared to face the consequence of his inglorious acts.
”But from all indications, the duo continued in the immoral act because the rumours were all over the place and this further enraged Benjamin who also pleaded with family members to prevail on his wife, but that did not also yield anything positive.
”Unfortunately Benjamin caught them in one of their escapades in a neighbour’s house. At that point, the man became confused and grabbed a big stick and chased after the two of them.
”He eventually caught up with Jacob and hacked him down, inflicting severe injuries on his head after which he left him in his pool of blood.”
According to the witness, the cry of Mrs. Fakande attracted the attention of neighbours who got to the scene of the attack and rushed the victim to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the death of Jacob Unumbe angered his family members who threatened reprisal attack on his killer but for the quick intervention of the Divisional Police Office in Gbajimba, which arrest the suspect and ensured the restoration of peace in the community.
Attempts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Superintendent Daniel Ezeala on phone to confirm the incident failed, but a reliable Police source at the Command headquarters confirmed the incident and arrest of the suspect adding that the matter was already being investigated.