The Enugu State Police Command, on Wednesday, announced the arrest of a man, Daniel Ekemezie, for allegedly killing his uncle, Pa Patrick Odoh, 83, over land dispute.
The command’s spokesman, Mr Ebere Amaraizu who disclosed this in a statement, added that the suspect blamed the devil for his action. Amaraizu said that the killing happened at Ukpata community in Uzo-Uwani LGA of the state.
The suspect said that he and his uncle had been locked in a protracted land dispute. According to him, on March 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. he, Ekemezie alias Bakassi and a father of two, left his house in Ukpata community and headed to his uncle’s place, Pa Odoh place.
“On getting to the place, I woke my uncle up and tied his mouth with cloth to avoid him shouting, while I whisked him quietly that evening to Iyimkpafu/Ofiakputu forest in our community.
I tied him on the tree with rope and left him till March 8, 2017. When I discovered after five days that he was dead, I buried him in a shallow grave,’’ Amaraizu quoted the suspect as confessing to the police investigation team.
The suspect led police operatives to the grave, where the decomposed corpse of late Pa Odoh was recovered on 4 April 2017.