A farmer, Mr. Chijioke Ofomba, was reportedly set ablaze by assailants barely one week to the burial of his late father, Chief Iwuno Nwaedozie in Nando community, Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The deceased was said to have gone to his farm where he was attacked over a land dispute.
A resident of the area said the assailants had stormed the farm on the fateful day, beat the victim to pulp, poured petrol on him which gave him serious burn all over his body and left him unconscious.
“He was however rescued by passers-by farmers who immediately informed his family and friends and they rushed him to a nearby hospital where he was placed on danger list,” he said.
Reacting, elder brother to the victim, Igwe Onyeachonam Ofomba said his brother was attacked over land dispute.
He said, “My brother was attacked and set ablaze by those we have land dispute with just one week to the burial ceremony of our beloved father, late Chief Iwuno Ofomba Nwaedozie, aged 99 years.
“Their intention was to kill him but God saved him. As we are now burying our father, the victim is in the hospital still unconscious.
“We have reported the matter to the Otuocha police station and they have visited the victim in the hospital but they are yet to make arrest”.
“We expect the police to commence investigation immediately and arrest the culprits, we know them, they are those in land dispute with us.”
Photo: victim in his hospital bed