By Belove Olocha
A man, Chibuike Ochie, has allegedly killed his younger sister, sister-in-law and a labourer in the Uburu community in the Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State over a land dispute.
Loveth Odah, the Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi Police Command, disclosed the double homicide allegation in a statement issued on Monday.
According to the police, the incident occurred on 24 October on a farmland in Obegu, Uburu.
Narrating the circumstances of the incident, the police said Ochie went into the farmland with a machete and killed his younger sister, his elder brother’s wife and a hired labourer who was working on the disputed farmland.
The bodies have been identified as Ogechi Ochie (32), Margret Ochie (35) and the said labourer.
The statement read: “He succeeded in macheting Ogechi Ochie, 32, and wife of the elder brother and the younger sister, Margaret Ochie, 35 years old and the said labourer.
“The three persons were macheted to death on that farm and he escaped.
“In the process of fleeing the scene, irate youths of that area caught and mobbed him.”
The police stated that Ochie is still critically ill in the hospital to the extent that he is currently placed on a life support machine
“Investigation is still on, but it will be properly done when this man survives,” the statement added.