The police in Enugu state have arrested one Johnson Ogbu for allegedly hacking his 64-year-old father, William Ogbu, to death at Aji Community in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports, the deceased had five children – two sons and three daughters. Johnson who is one of his sons, was mentally challenged a few years ago but got treated and later became a shoemaker. Johnson lived with his parents in their home in Umuidenyi.
On the day of the incident, Johnson’s mother left their home to join other villagers to celebrate the Umuidenyi clan day at the Umuidenyi Town Hall. It was in her absence that the suspect allegedly used an axe to break his father’s skull, killing him on the spot instantly. He allegedly dragged his father’s body to the nearby plantain plantation and dug the ground where he buried the body.
It was alleged that Johnson’s mother who came back later asked her son the whereabouts of his father and was informed that the man was sick and had gone to see a doctor without mentioning any particular clinic where he had gone to seek medical attention.
“We looked for him for three days, combing all the hospitals around. It was when we failed to locate him that we alerted the members of the Aji Neighbourhood Watch Group, which in turn alerted the police. The police arrived on Friday morning alongside members of the neighbourhood watch and later found a shallow grave near the compound where William was buried in a standing position.
“His head was broken while Johnson used another sharp object to perforate his stomach and other parts of his body,” a member of the family told The Nation
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Johnson has been arrested and is being detained at the Enugu Ezike Police Station.