The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the death of a man, Ifeanyi Nwokwu, and his alleged lover, a widow named Nkechi Ezaka Ucha.
According to the police, the dup were found dead in the man’s house in Umuezeoka Umueze, Effium Autonomous community, Ohaukwu local government area of the state.
Nwokwu and the widow were found by neighbours who mounted a search for them when they were not seen in the community for a while, Police spokesman in the state, Loveth Odah, said in a statement.
A source in the community told our correspondent that apart from Nwokwu, another man known in the community was dating Nkechi, The Nation reported
He alleged the man the community knows very well for dating the woman may have masterminded the killings of Nwokwu and Nkechi out of jealous.
“Ifeanyi Nwokwu and Nkechi Ezaka Ucha are lovers. The woman lost her husband years ago, the man invited the woman to where he built his house. Meanwhile, the wife of the man stays in her father’s compound.
“In the night, the man and the woman were found dead inside the man’s house. The two lovers had wounds on their foreheads and some arrests have been made.
“There is a man who is known by everybody in the community for also dating the woman and the man also has been arrested. This one that died in the community is not known for dating the woman, unlike the one that was arrested.
“People are suspecting that it may be the man who is known by the community for befriending the woman masterminded the crime”.
A resident of the area, Jeremiah Obaji described the incident as worrisome.
He said similar incidents have occurred in the community.
“The spate of killing and armed robbery activities in Umuezeoka Umueze in Effium Autonomous community has reached an alarming proportion.
“So many of our illustrious sons and daughters can no longer visit home because of the fear of the unknown, our aged fathers and mothers have been living at the mercy of this terror men.
“I am pleading with the IG of police and Ebonyi state government to please come to our aid as our people can no longer sleep at home and those of us who are in the cities can not come home because of cases of similar nature.
“We are pleading for a police post which can help in securing the lives and properties of my people. We are also pleading with the police to use their high powered intelligence gathering to unravel the killers of these people”.
Coordinator of Effium Development Centre, Agbo Sunday, confirmed the incident.
He pledged the support of the government in the investigation so as to bring the perpetrators to book.
Police Spokesman, Loveth Odah in confirming the incident said an investigation into the matter has been launched by the Police
“Yes, there is a report that two persons, a married man and a widow was found inside a room but we don’t have the detail of the incidents.
“According to the report, their bodies are almost decomposing. But the perpetrators are not yet known and I assure you, police are investigating the matter and very soon we will unravel those behind it” she stated.