Umokoto village in Nekede Owerri West LGA was on Wednesday July 14, eclipsed with palpable fear and tension, when a tenant, simply identified as Obum stabbed his landlord’s brother to death. The gory incident came after the assailant, in his early 40 and said to have hailed from Obowo LGA brutalized his own wife with kitchen knife.
Narrating the ugly story, an eyewitness said trouble started in the afternoon, when Obum’s wife, Ogechi and their one year-old son were heard screaming for help. The distress cry attracted the attention of men and women as well as youths within the vicinity, who in dismay, discovered that the woman was being attacked by her husband inside their living room.
“The door protector leading to the room was under lock and key and there was no other means to rescue the woman,” said a reliable source.
“As the crowd of sympathizers intensified efforts to gain entrance, Obum peeped through the window, brandishing a knife and threatening to kill whoever dares to interrupt his action on the wife.”
His threats, according to the eyewitness, were not heeded, as the protector was forcefully broken by a combined effort of youths, who met the woman in a pool of blood. “Her faces were inflicted with injuries,” the source added.
On how the assailant turned killer, the eyewitness said: “Sensing that his wife had been whisked away for a medical attention, Obum became more aggressive with the knife, chasing every figure he felt had come to rescue the wife.
“It was at this moment that he went from behind and stabbed Pastor Thompson Onyekuru, brother of his landlord.”
The man in his late 50, pastor at a Redeemed Christian Church in Owerri and father of six children, who collapsed following the knife injury, was said to have intervened in a domestic quarrel between the assailant and his wife Ogechi, a day prior to the incident.
Like other sympathizers, Pastor Onyekuru was attracted by Ogechi’s cry. He left his house, just a shouting distance from the scene of incident, with the hope to make peace in his usual prayer and counseling method, but was unaware that fate had a different agenda for him.
Asked how the situation was brought under control, our source said the presence of police personnel from Ihiagwa State Police Division saved the situation.
“Obum’s aggressiveness and stabbing of the pastor coincided with the arrival of the police. He was subsequently shot on the leg as a result of his sustained effort to harm anybody in sight, including the policemen. And immediately he fell on the ground with the gunshot, reprieve came as the dispersed youths gathered again and descended on him with clubs.”
Meanwhile, information extracted by neighbors at the heat of the incident, revealed that Ogechi, while receiving first-aid medication, pleaded for leniency on the husband, stressing that Obum was only suffering from spiritual attack.
On his part, Mr. Charles Anozie, the community’s President General, confirmed the story when put on call the following day. He further disclosed that both Obum and the pastor were rushed to hospital where they were subsequently confirmed dead.