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Ebonyi: Assailants behead businessman, cut off private parts

A middle-aged man identified as Friday Igwe has been murdered in Ebonyi.

Assailants were said to have cut off his head and private parts in his country home of Amaonye in Ishiagu of Ivo local government area of the state.

Speaking with The Nation, a member of Ishiagu community narrated circumstances surrounding the incident.

He said: “Friday Igwe was murdered in cold blood at his country home, Amaonye in Ishiagu in Ivo local government area on 27 April, 2018. The victim’s body was found with his head cut off, his private part cut off.

“The victim was a successful business man who surprisingly came home frustrated. He is a nephew to an Abuja based rich industrialist, who also hailed from Amaonye Ishiagu.

“The victim came home some years ago and was allegedly planning to build a house in a land bequeathed to him by his grandfather near St. Gabriel Catholic Church Amaonye Ishiagu.

“He shares the same grandfather with the Abuja based businessman. But about 2 years ago the victim about 35 years had a serious dispute with his nephew who also laid claim to the land also.

“This disputed land landed the victim in the police as the Abuja based rich man made sure he was detained for more than a month and before the victim could be released. Mr. Ikechukwu Okorie had fenced the disputed land.

“The victim being frustrated decided to live at a distant settlement in the community. Up till now no arrest has been made. The corpse was taken to Agu 3 palace and finally to the mortuary.”

The Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Ishiagu, Mr. Urom stated that the matter would soon be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, of the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki.

“His head was cut off; his stomach also burst open. He was killed by unknown assailant. The matter will soon be transferred to the SCID for further investigation,” he confirmed.

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