Thursday, March 29, 2012
Abagana Thrown Into Confusion As Man Allegedly Kills Indigene
The ancient town of Abagana, headquarters of Njikoka Local Government council of Anambra State, was yesterday thrown into a state of turmoil, as hundreds of angry youths protested against the alleged brutal killing of an indigene of the town, One Ifeanyi, by an unnamed Calabar man.
It was learnt that the angry youths, who apparently wanted to avenge the death of their brother, had barricaded the Njikoka Local Government headquarters’ section of the old Awka-Onitsha Road, harassing motorists and disrupting traffic for several hours, as they tried to identify a prospective Calabar man being conveyed in a vehicle, for the purpose of a retaliatory attack.
It was the timely intervention of the police that brought the crisis under control, just as the protesting youths stood in groups, assessing the development.
There were different accounts of what led to the alleged killing of One Ifeanyi, an Abagana indigene, by a suspected Calabar man, who was reported to be a professional well digger.
A source, who spoke to National Mirror on the issue, said the deceased was stabbed to death by the assailant at a shop located in Ezicheke village, Abagana, when he tried to prevail on the suspected Calabar man to pay the money for the drinks he consumed at the said shop.
Another version of the story was that the said Ifeanyi was the landlord of the suspect, before they got involved in an altercation, which culminated in the killing, which has now thrown Abagana into a state of crisis.
National Mirror learnt that the man after drinking at a local shop refused to pay for his drink, a development that allegedly triggered off an argument between him and Ifeanyi, who was allegedly stabbed to death in the ensuing altercation.
Spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, yesterday threw more light on the incident, saying that the situation was now under control, while the suspect allegedly involved in the murder of the Abagana man is now in their custody.
Meanwhile, when National Mirror visited Abagana, security was tight as a contingent of armed police officers, was stationed strategically to abort any attempt by hoodlums to capitalise on the incident and cause further crisis in the town.
Posted by Eddy Ogbunambala at 4:13 AM