By Ochuko Akuopha
OBIARUKU—The death of a 38-year-old farmer, (identity withheld) reportedly beheaded over a land dispute between Amai and Umuebu communities, Ukwuani Local Government Area, has created tension in the communities.
It was gathered that the deceased was attacked by armed youths along Amai-Umuebu Road on his way from the farm, where he had gone to harvest cassava.
However, the state’s Police Command said the circumstances surrounding the incident suggested that it may have been orchestrated by ritual killers.
The incident came barely a week after one Mr. Chukwunedum was shot dead in Enukie farmland along Obiaruku Road.
Sources said the assailants had opened fire on the farmer who was atop his motorcycle, “gunned down and butchered.”
Contacted, Police Public Relations Officer of the state Command, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident, noting that the communities had been embroiled in a communal land tussle.
He said: “The incident occurred at about 1p.m. on Monday. But the report got to the police by 2p.m.
“The state governor and Commissioner of Police have intervened and as we speak, we are meeting with the parties.”
He added that the deceased was hit by bullets from some armed men, explaining that “what makes us think they were ritual killers was that the head, the left foot and left hand were all missing.
“His body was dismembered.”