A young man believed to be in his early 30’s identified as Ahamefua Mba was over the past week beheaded by one of his kinsmen, Chinedu Okorie in the village stream in Umuokwe, Umuhu Ezechi in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
It was learnt that the deceased, alleged to be related to the former Commissioner for Lands in the state, Chief Paul Chikezie, was beheaded from behind as he squatted to fetch water from the stream.
After committing the heinous crime, Okorie suddenly disappeared and is still at large while the police officials and the residents in the area are trailing him hoping to nab him soon.
According to a source in the community, the suspect bought a new machete and sharpened if for seven days without those around him knowing what he needed it for.
He was, however, said to have bought another machete with which he eventually killed the victim.
Some children who went to the stream had attracted the attention of residents after they discovered the lifeless body of the deceased in the stream.
The children claimed to have seen the suspect before he escaped and after a long search to get him proved abortive, angry youths went rampaging and damaging things including the home, farmland and other economic trees belonging to the suspect’s family.
The source said, “We never knew that he had gone out again to buy another machete and we got to know that he had been sharpening the machete for the past seven days prior to committing the dastardly act on the late Mba.”
State Police Public Relations, ASP Geoffrey Ogbonna, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident, saying the command was intensifying efforts to track down the fleeing suspect.