Friday, 14 August 2015
Man runs amok over bitter leaf plant, kills 3
Three persons, including a three year old boy, have been killed at Ibillo, Akoko Edo local government area of Edo State by a man popularly known as Alhaji, after a quarrel over the ownership of a bitter leaf plant in the compound.
Victims of the attack at Ogo quarters, were identified as Mr. Aliu Ademo, a girl called Favour and a little boy called Isaac, who later died on Monday morning at the hospital.
Trouble was said to have started when the assailant who had a heated quarrel with the daughter of a co-tenant called Favour over the bitter leaf plant in the compound. He was said to have harvested the vegetable without the consent of the owner, a conduct which apparently angered Favour, daughter of the owner.
A witness of the incident who refused to give his name, said:
“Alhaji who is from Igbira came out with a cutlass and beheaded the girl. Mr Aliu saw what happened and started shouting, Alhaji ran after Isaac the little boy to kill him but Aliu pursued him in order to save the boy. But he succeeded in macheting both the boy and Mr Aliu.
“He decided to kill the man because the man came to save the little boy. The boy was rushed to the hospital because he was still unconscious but we later heard he died this morning (Monday). Alhaji is on the run now but the police are looking for him,” he said.
Confirming the story, Edo State Police Command spokesman, DSP Stephen Onwechei, described the incident as barbaric. “The suspect is currently on the run but we are on his trail. He will be arrested. He abandoned his cutlass and took off after killing. When people came around to stop him he macheted them including the three year old child.
“That is barbaric. I understand he previously had quarrel with the mother of the child over the ownership of the bitter leaf in the compound. That is madness. But we must arrest him no matter how far he tries to run. He must face justice for his wicked act,” he said.