Tuesday, December 7

Woman, daughter watch helplessly as tenant sets husband ablaze in Onitsha

By: Awesome Ekene

A human rights activist, Kenechukwu Okeke has been killed in Nkpor, near Onitsha, Anambra State.

Okeke said to be a supporter of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, was reportedly burnt to death in his compound in the presence of his wife, Mrs Blessing Odinakachi Okeke and his little daughter.

Narrating her ordeal to newsmen, wife of the deceased said her husband was killed by his tenant after being macheted by his attackers numbering seven.

She said, “The tenant, Chiadiobi was living in our house, but when he packed out without our knowledge and asked that he be given two months of his rent that he left, we told him he should have notified us that he was packing out.

“My husband was not around the day he came, but I told him he packed out of the house without our knowledge and should not be given back any money. He threatened to deal with us and teach my husband a lesson.

“I told my husband what he said and that he should not come to confront him, since they say he is a bad boy. My husband later reported the matter to the DSS and to the police, and he was made to write an undertaking.

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“Despite that, the guy was still coming to terrorize us. Sometimes he will come to our house and break open the gate and come in and pick whatever he wanted to pick.

“On that fateful day, he came to our house and my husband confronted him, without knowing that he had many boys with him downstairs, and before my husband could do anything, they macheted him, and the fuel we wanted to pour into our gen, they poured it on him and lit him up, and that was how my husband died.

“It was Sunday and not everyone was around, and the few people around tried to quench the fire and also stop it from burning our house, and later we took him to hospital in Enugu, and that was how he died.”

Mrs Okeke lamented that since after his husband’s death in October, the family has been left alone with the burden of catering for his burial, just as no mention or quest by any organisation to take up his matter has been heard of.

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She said what was more heart-rending was that her husband’s killer; Chiadiobi, is still in the neighborhood, bragging about having dealt with Okeke, while also confronting her husband’s aged mum.

“He even recently confronted my husband’s mother, warning her that he heard that she is taking the matter up, and was warning her to be careful. The boy is still free, going around and without remorse, and we are just left alone to do the arrangements of the burial.

“Up till now, he has not been arrested, even though we took him to police and DSS, and he was made to write an undertaking that he will not disturb us again, but he has finally killed him.

“I’m not even understanding the police on this matter. I’m confused. The boy is behaving like he is untouchable, and everyone is saying that he is a bad boy and we should be careful. We live in Nkpor, near Onitsha, Tarzan junction.”

Reacting, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said the police was aware of the matter, but said details were sketchy.

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“It is a reported case, but for now i can tell you that the matter is still sketchy. Just give me sometime, I will get back to you with the full details,” he said.

Okeke, a staunch supporter of the Buhari administration, was said to have backed the federal government and its activities during the EndSARS protest in October 2020.

He reportedly dragged some celebrities, including Davido, Flavour, and others to court for leading EndSARS protests in various cities in the country.

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