Woman beheaded in her farm in Enugu
It was, however, her last day on earth as she was murdered with her head severed from her body by her murderer.
The Guardian gathered that the young mother was trailed to her farm by one Tochukwu Idu Chianugo of Ugwuoda village in Nimbo, Uzouwani local council and allegedly snuffed life out of her.
Members of her family who awaited her return to no avail had the next morning alerted the villagers and a search party was raised with the assistance of the police.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, Chianugo was arrested during the search and he “led the operatives to the place where he hid the beheaded victim.”
He stated that the headless body together with the severed head have been recovered and deposited in a nearby mortuary, while suspect would remain in detention until investigation was concluded.
Meanwhile, tears of joy flowed freely in Enugu yesterday as the Enugu State High Court discharged and acquitted five young men of Umunnegene, Umuaniabor family in Amechi-Awkunanaw, Enugu South local council, who had been on trial for murder since May 2015.
The accused persons: Jeremy Onah, George Onovoh, John Agwu, Timothy Onah and Chief Patrick Ukwu had faced a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder of their kinsmen, Nnaemeka Agbo, Nnamani Ikpa and Sunday Nnamani in the suit brought against them by the state government.
They were said to have committed the act on May 1, 2015 at an expanse of land situated at Akanishinne believed to belong to the families of Umunogo, Umunwakum and Umunnegene. The said property had been in dispute since 1981.
Justice Ngozi Orji had in her judgment declared them not guilty, saying the prosecution failed to establish that they actually “killed or conspired to kill the deceased or any other person or persons on the fateful day”.
She stated that the defense was able to prove the innocence of the accused persons in the said offence.
Reacting to the judgment, a constitutional lawyer and counsel to the accused, Prof. RACE Achara, who though was sad that lives were involved in the matter, said it was unfortunate that his clients were roped into something they knew nothing about.
He said: “It is unfortunate in an attempt to rope my clients, they allowed the real murderers to go free. I am however grateful to the court for setting my clients free. We have mixed feelings.
My clients are sad that their brothers died. They are doubly saddened by the fact that the malicious attempt to rope them in for something they did not commit has had the consequence that the real murderers have escaped.
“On the other hand, my clients are overjoyed that the judgment has established the blatant falsity of the allegations against them, which could have led to their wrongful execution for something they did not do.”
One of the accused persons, Jeremy Onah, expressed joy that they had been vindicated. “We had been disputing this land since the 1980s before some of the boys that died were born,” he said.
The prosecution counsel, however, declined comments on the judgment when his reaction was sought.
In another development, in the spirit of the Easter celebration, the Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has granted full amnesty to five inmates who were serving various terms of imprisonment and commuted 30 others on death row to life imprisonment.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor, who disclosed this yesterday in Asaba said the action was in the exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy under Section 212 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Those granted full pardon and ordered to be immediately released are Livinus Ugwu, who was sentenced to 20 years; Enebeli Dike, a condemned convict; Orji Pascal, serving a 10-year jail term; Moses Agedah, who was also on death row; and Martins Ishiekwene, a prisoner sentenced to death on November 30, 1998.
Mrakpor said the governor granted the pardon based on the recommendations of the seven-man Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy headed by Chief Patrick Okpakpor.
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