Angry Imo youths set houses ablaze over woman’s murder

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community in the Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State have set ablaze five houses belonging to suspected cultists , who allegedly murdered a pub operator identified as Mrs Uchechi Ogoke.

Uchechi, whose husband is based in Malaysia , died on June 30 , 2020 , as a result of machete cuts inflicted on her by the hoodlums , who invaded her residence at night.

Sources in the area , however, alleged that Uchechi’ s husband and his younger brother had a hand in her gruesome murder.

According to the sources , the deceased’ s husband was uncomfortable with allegations that his wife was involved in extramarital affairs .

The husband and his younger brother , it was alleged , conspired with the hoodlums to kill Uchechi.

The assailants also inflicted machete cuts on Uchechi’s eight- year -old daughter and house help .

Though the two girls survived the attack , our correspondent learnt that the machete cuts on the woman ’s body left her with no chance of survival .

A source in the community , who spoke on condition of anonymity for security reasons , said Uchechi, who was in her late 30 s , cried for help but nobody in the neighbourhood heard her as she was butchered to death .

The source stated , “ Her eight- year -old daughter , who begged the assailants to spare her mother ’ s life , was also dealt machete blows. But she survived the attack after being rushed to hospital the following morning .

“ The woman was operating a pub , where she also sold fresh fish pepper soup . The police have arrested some persons, including the younger brother of her husband .”

On the buildings that were destroyed , the source said, “ The burnt houses belong to those suspected to be behind the killing of the woman . ”

Another source stated that the irate youths, who sang war songs , razed five buildings on Wednesday , July 22 , 2020 , to avenge Uchechi’s killing.

Our correspondent also learnt that while four of the burnt buildings were located in the Amakohia community , the fifth was the property of one of the suspects , identified simply as Onwuka .

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When contacted , the state Police Public Relations Officer , Orlando Ikeokwu , confirmed the murder of the woman and said , “ The matter is still being investigated. ”

Ikeokwu said he could not immediately speak on the burning of houses by irate youths in Amakohia and the alleged arrest of the deceased’s brother - in-law .

While a text message sent to him had not been replied , his response to several calls to his mobile phone was that he would respond later , which he had not done as of the time of filing this report .

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