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Octogenarian beheaded in Benin over land tussle

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—Unknown killers have beheaded an octogenarian, Pa Goodluck Uwumwanrogie, at Arougba village, near Benin, over alleged land tussle.

The deceased, 85, who was the next in command to the Village Head, was alone in his in-law’s residence at Irhirhi village when the killers allegedly shot him before chopping off his head.

He had fled to Irhirhi village shortly after crisis broke out last year at Aruogba, where many houses were burnt and three persons killed.

Widow of the deceased, Julie, 55, said she was informed at about 5:30pm that her husband had been killed, alleging that her husband was killed over tussle for the community land.

She said: “A man (names withheld) had earlier threatened to kill my husband before the crisis.

“After we ran away from the village during the crisis to seek refuge at my father’s village at Irhirhi, the same man saw him here and said he would still kill him.

“I was called and told that my husband was killed. He was killed because of land tussle. They have been fighting over the community land.

“He said my husband joined the other faction against them. People said he was shot before they cut off his head and took the head away.

“I hid my husband in my father’s house. Nobody was at home when it happened.”

Edo State Police spokesman, Joseph Edogiawerie, who confirmed the killing, said two suspects had been arrested.

He said the police were on the trail of the killers, and that they left with the victim’s head.



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