A shocking incident has led a man to beat his brother-in-law to death. The incident happened at Nduruku Amegu community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
It was gathered that Maduabuchi Ede, who is now in police custody allegedly beat his brother-in-law, Kenneth Elom, to death.
The late Elom and his wife, Scholastica, had married for over eight years and had four children before their marriage collapsed irretrievably. But, Elom discovered that the estranged wife was stealing from his yam barn and harvesting other crops. He had gone to Scholarstica’s house numerous times to beg her parents restrain their daughter from stealing from him.
That fateful day, Elom, in company with his friend, Augustine Nwankwegu, had gone to Scholastica’s parents to complain. The family was said to have assured Elom that Scholastica would be called to order. As they were about to leave the house, Elom told Nwankwegu to follow him so he could explain things to Scholarstica’s mother as he wanted peace to reign. That was where he was killed.
Nwankwegu relates how the incident led to Elom’s death. He said: “We have been complaining to the woman’s family that their daughter has been harvesting Kenneth’s yam and other crops in the farm and carting away his belongings.
“The father in-law, after listening to us, fixed a date for the settlement of the matter and urged Kenneth to continue to maintain peace as everything would be resolved amicably.
“As we were driving home, Kenneth pleaded that we see the mother-in-law to clear his conscience because he had reported her daughter’s misbehaviour.
“When we got there, they had locked their door because it was late in the night but with the help of a family member who was outside who knocked, the mother-in-law opened the door.
“Then the son-in-law (Maduabuchi Ede), who heard our greeting when we came in, directed the mother not to attend to us. He ordered us to leave the compound immediately.
“He rushed and got a heavy wood while Kenneth turned back to open his vehicle to enable us to escape.
“But he was unlucky as Maduabuchi descended on him, hitting him several times with the wood. He (Elom) collapsed.”
Nwankwegu said the victim was rushed to the hospital but he was in coma for a few days before he gave up the ghost on May 20.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP George Okafor, confirmed the incident yesterday. He said the suspect had been arrested while investigation into the matter had commenced.