A gang on Monday, October 11, 2022 stormed and murdered in cold blood an indigene of Umuduruchukwu Aboh Isu in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, Apostle Wisdom Mbakwe.
Mbakwe’s murder comes exactly 30 days after his wife, Kate, a Liberian died in road crash on September 11 while going to Nkwo Miri Market.
Our correspondent gathered that the grief-stricken Mbakwe was planning the funeral of his wife when he also met his own death at the hands of the miscreants in his house.
Sister of the deceased, Mrs. Chinyere Ajonu, disclosed that her brother had relocated from Conakry, Guinea, with his wife, before the multiple tragedies occurred.
According to her, an eyewitness, Chidiebere, told her that the incident happened at about 6.15am on Monday.
She said; “Chidiebere had opened the door to sweep the compound. He first opened the back-door to take broom and packer, then left it slightly open while he went out through the front door to sweep the compound oblivious of what was happening inside the house.
“Meanwhile our brother was observing his morning prayers according to the Jewish religion he professed.
“Just then Chidiebere said he heard the shout of ‘Yawhew, Yawhew, and rushed into the house just in time to see the deceased struggling with some men.
“According to him, one of them tried to use a machete on his head, but he dodged and it landed on his shoulders. He ran out to alert some neighbours and the youth of the area.
“When they came, they did not see my brother or the assailants. So they started combining the bush, thinking that if they were kidnappers, they wouldn’t have gone far.
“But they combed everywhere without seeing any one. When they eventually returned to the house, they observed blood all over the sitting room and saw my brother where his killers had pushed his body in between some chairs and covered him up with curtains.
“On investigation, it was observed that the killers had apparently laid siege throughout the night by taking cover in a nearby uncompleted building.
“It was when they saw that the boy had opened the back door that they entered the compound through the window of the toilet in their father’s old house”.
Mrs. Ajonu revealed that the five suspected killers of her brother have been rounded up by the police.
She said, “While the crowd gathered in our compound, a motor cycle rider came and told us that he dropped three boys at a point in a nearby community and from their looks and behaviour he suspected them.
“He told us that the three boys were disheveled, with one naked and the other shoeless. He said that as he was taking them through the scene of the incident, they asked him to speed up and that was why when he saw the crowd he suspected that the boys must have committed a crime there.
“So all the youth gathered and he took them to the spot he dropped them and they were promptly arrested.”
“We are befuddled because his wife was killed in a motor accident on 11th September while she was going to Nkwo Nmiri Market with our mother and he was killed on 11th October, a month after, also on the same market day.
“The killers took his phones and that of his wife and we don’t know how to contact his in-laws in Liberia.
“We want the police to do a thorough investigation because we suspect a clear case of assassination,” she added.
When our correspondent visited his house, neighbours and relatives were seen gathered and discussing the matter.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abattam, said the police have launched an investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.