By Peter Okutu
A 45-year-old man, Mr. Nwofu Igbo of Nwofe community in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, weekend confessed to killing his 16-year-old son (name withheld) who returned from Lagos State to celebrate Christmas with members of the family.
Vanguard learned that Nwofu killed his son over a squabble between him and the deceased mother earlier before she was chased away by his father (Nwofu) over an undisclosed reason.
It was also gathered that Nwofu had since married another wife, who bore him five children and took possession of all that belonged to the dead woman.
An eyewitness, who said the deceased mother was chased away from her matrimonial home 16 years ago, noted that the deceased decided to return to his paternal home to enable him make peace and reconcile with his father without knowing that such venture would lead to his untimely death.
It was gathered that by the time the deceased returned and greeted his father (Nwofu) and requested an apartment where he could drop his luggages, Nwofu refused to welcome him, so he decided to drop his luggages with one of his friends where he equally passed the night.
Investigation revealed that the deceased went back the following day to apologise and possibly reconcile with the father, but Nwofu grudgingly showed him one of the rooms, where the deceased entered and as he was undressing, he was hacked to death.
It was learned that the teen was busy undressing, his father sneaked into the room with a big iron and hit him on the head and dragged his remains to the nearby road, where he abandoned the coprse.
It was further learned that Nwofu after committing the dastardly act, denied knowing what happened to his son when the villagers besieged his house, but it took the intervention of one of his kids from the second wife, who testified against him before the villagers and the police, that he saw his father when he hit the deceased with an iron on his head and dumped his remains at a nearby road.
When contacted, the state police Public Relations officer, Chris Anyanwu, who confirmed the incident, said the case was being investigated by the police.
Monday, 29 December 2014