A 32-year-old man, Kenneth Nwanguma Agu, has put his small village in the national news for the wrong reasons, after he allegedly butchered his 28-year-old sister, Esther, with a machete as well trying to bury his younger brother, Kingsley, and his friend, Ezekiel Chikwado Ajuga, alive.
Today, the Umukoroada village of Okpuala Umugwor Autonomous Community in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area of Abia State, has become the scene of terror and many shaking in disgust.
It was gathered that the three sibling started having issues shortly their father who was a trader dealing on timber at Aba, died, and thus began the struggle to take possession of the late father's property.
An uncle narrated that shortly after the demise of the elderly Agu, Kenneth started laying claim to the family house, a four-bedroom bungalow situated in the village. He said that attempts made by Kingsley to secure one room in the house failed and efforts made by their mother and Esther to convince Kenneth to release the room also failed.
The uncle recalled that Kingsley had a misfortune concerning his business in Abuja shortly after the father died and had to relocate to the village where he needed a room in the house but Kenneth refused.
"Kenneth ambushed Esther and hacked her to pieces in the night but before then, had earlier swooped on Kingsley and his friend, Ezekiel, tied them with rope and used a wheel barrow to push them down the bush in the village and buried them alive.
It took the vigilance of villagers who passed by the bush on their way to fetch firewood to notice the freshly dug grave, to rescue Kingsley and Ezekiel. In his hurry, Kenneth left the wheel barrow at the scene and did not cover the emergency grave where he laid Kingsley and his friend well enough.
On seeing the wheel barrow, the villagers felt that it is not normal for anybody to abandon such in the bush and on getting closer, they noticed some movements in the grave. The lucky duo were however rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital where they were treated."
Asked how Kenneth was able to tie down two men and drove them to the bush in a wheel barrow, the uncle said the family suspected he must have struck them down through diabolical means.
The uncle also expressed his surprise that Kenneth had gotten away after the heinous crime and no one had reported the matter to the police to effect his arrest.
"To me, the whole thing is like a mystery. How did they allow him to escape? My sister who is their mother, is bed-ridden and could not make effort to defend her daughter but what about the neighbours? I think he applied diabolical means to blindfold everybody and did all he wanted to do."