By Peter Okutu, ABAKALIKI

TRAGEDY struck, Sunday, when a middle-aged man, Chibuike Ochie, from Uburu community, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, murdered his sister-in-law, younger sister and a hired labourer on their farmland.

Chibuike, it was learned, went to their farmland and started attacking them with a machete, killing the three.

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mrs Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident, on Monday.

According to Odah, investigations were  still on to ascertain exactly what caused the attack and killing of the three persons by their own brother.

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She, however, cautioned youths in the area to be careful and refrain from taking laws into their hands.

According to Odah, “It was reported that by 4:40p.m. of October 24, when the family of Ochie were in the farm; including a hired labourer.

“One of their brothers, Chibuike Ochie, went into the farm and suddenly started macheting them.

“He succeeded in macheting Ogechi Ochie, 32, who was said to be the wife of the elder brother.

“He also attacked his younger sister, Margaret Ochie, 35, and the said labourer.

“The three of them were macheted to death on that farm and he escaped.

“In the process of fleeing the scene, irate youths of that area caught and mobbed him.

“As I’m talking to you now he is still critically sick to the extent that he is living on a life support machine.

“Investigation is still on, but it will be properly begun when this man survives.

“That is why we keep discouraging the youth from taking laws into their hands, especially when a person committed an offence such as this.

“If they brought the person to us, he would have told us the reasons he had to do this to his family members and he would have faced the law.

“But in this case, a lot of money is being spent to revive this person.

“The incident took place at Obegu farm in Uburu.

“According to the DPO who visited the place, he said the farmland is about 25km away from Uburu town.”

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