BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA – A DEPUTY Director with the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority, Owerri, Mr. Basil Ejezie, has been clubbed to death at his Umunze, Anambra State country home on a day members of his church were celebrating this year’s Fathers’ Day.
The late Ejezie, a Knight of St. Mulumba, KSM, was said to be attending a church service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Parish in the town when he received an information that his attention was needed at home and barely 20 minutes of that invitation, his relation rushed back to the church to inform the Parish priest, Rev Fr Emmanuel Anyaji and other fathers of the church gathered there, that Ejezie had a confrontation with his brothers’ in–law and in the process, a scuffle ensued which led to his death.
It was gathered that when his colleagues got to his house, they saw him lying unconscious and still wearing the Catholic Men’s Organization, CMO, uniform which he wore to the church earlier.
According to the information, four big sticks allegedly used in clubbing Ejezie to death which were seen at the scene of the incident, have been taken to the police station as exhibits.
Ejezie’s wife of 20 years and a lecturer at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze), Dr. Virginia Ejezie, who is the daughter of the founder of the famous Nkpokiti Dance Troupe, the late Chief Festus Nwankwo, was said to be present when her husband was allegedly attacked by her brothers.
Fellow Christians rushed the deceased to the Immaculate Heart Hospital, Umunze, but because there was no doctor on duty, he was taken to Ekwulobia General Hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead after battling unsuccessfully for hours to revive him.
Police public relations officer, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka said the matter had not been brought to his attention, but promised to get in touch with the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, at Umunze for proper briefing.
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