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‘It Was Anger’: Pastor Shoots Father To Death

The suspect allegedly confessed he committed the horrible act because his father had purportedly called him a ‘mad boy’ during a quarrel; the insult had enraged him so much he shot his old man

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The suspect, Chukwukezi Afonogu. Photo Credit: The Sun Newspapers play

The suspect, Chukwukezi Afonogu. Photo Credit: The Sun Newspapers

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A 30-year-old man, Chukwukezi Afonogu, who claimed to be an evangelist has been arrested by officers attached to the Enugu State Police Command over the fatal shooting of his father.

According to The Sun, Chukwukezi had shot his aged father, 65-year-old Judge Afonogu with a gun.

The suspect allegedly confessed he committed the horrible act because his father had purport­edly called him a ‘mad boy’ during a quarrel; the insult had enraged him so much he shot his old man.

Narrating the incident, the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Adamu,  said the incident happened at 3pm on Au­gust 25, 2014 in Enugu-Inyi, Oji River Local Government Area, of the State.

The commissioner said the suspect had been having frequent quarrels with his father.

On the day of the incident, in the middle of an­other altercation, Afonogu allegedly re­trieved his gun from his room, came out into the family compound and shot his father where he was seated and resting under a tree in the afternoon.

Recounting to newsmen how the tragic incident occurred, Afonogu  said: “I am an evangelist and member of the Evergreen Believers Bible Ministry. Be­fore this thing happened, I was having several quarrels with my late father. My father called me on that fateful day and asked me about an electri­cian that was supposed to work in our house and he gave me N500. My late father was a difficult person. The incident happened around 3.00pm. My father called me a ‘mad boy’ and a quarrel ensued. I went inside the room and took my hunter’s gun and shot him. I quickly carried him to a nearby bush and buried his corpse because nobody was at home. Imme­diately I buried him, I ran away. My late father had eight children. The first born died and we have six girls and I am the only son.”

Mr Adamu disclosed that the mother of the suspect, Anthonia Afonogu had bailed upon hearing her son had killed his father.

Youths in the community eventually caught up with the suspect after a 4-day manhunt for him, when they realised he had killed his father and ran away. He was beaten severely by the youths before he was handed over to the police at the Oji River Police Station.

The police gave assurance that the suspect would be charged to court soon.

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