BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI-AN angry mob, weekend, burnt to death an alleged murderer, Emmanuel Nwegwe, 40, who allegedly killed his relative, Innocent Onu, 54, with a gun at Umunaga village in Uburu community of Ohaozara Local government area of Ebonyi state over a disagreement relating to a wedding reception venue.
It was gathered that when the deceased, Emmanuel Nwegwe who had shot
his relative last week in their family compound and ran into a nearby
forest in the area for safety; was allegedly apprehended, killed and
set ablaze by some angry youths who mounted close watch on him barely
8 days after the incident.
In a chat with Vanguard, the Ebonyi state police Public Relations
Officer, PPRO, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, Sylvester Igbo
who condemned the manner in which the deceased was allegedly killed by
the youths of the area, stressed that they had no right to takelaws
into their hands since the case was still under investigation by the
He said: “The youths went into the bush and discover the man where he
was hiding; they brought the man out, killed him and set his corpse on
fire. Before information got to the police that the man had been seen,
they have already killed him and police cannot lay hands on any person
but they still investigating to know who and who actually killed the
“They people are not permitted by law to take laws into their hands
even though the deceased had used gun to kill his brother and since
the case was reported to the police which is subject to investigation,
what they should have done as at the time they saw the man was to
apprehend him and take him to the police station; there is no law that
permits them to kill the man.
“The team that are investigating the matter had gone to make sure that
those that carried out the action against the alleged murderer are
arrested and prosecuted according to the law; we are yet to confirm
the number of youths that carried out the dastardly act; when the
police rushed to the scene what they saw was the corpse of the man on
fire and there was nobody they could lay hands on as being responsible
for the act.
According to the police spokesman, investigations were on to ascertain
and arrest all those who participated in the killing of late Emmanuel
Nwegwe on that fateful day.
“However, the police is still investigating to get information through
the grapevine source; to know who and who were instrumental to the
man’s death; we are right to say that youths in area carried out the
act because after the alleged action of the deceased against his
relative, the youth had mounted a manhunt for him.
Police is working round the clock to make sure that those that killed the man are brought to book. He was burnt to death on Saturday morning”.