A woman from Umuorika village, Amavo Ukwu Autonomous community, Osisioma Local Government Area, Abia State, has allegedly been killed by six assailants, following a disagreement they had with her husband, Police say.
Akwudo Onyendi, 30, from Umuorika village, Amavo Ukwu Autonomous community, Osisioma Local Government Area, Abia State, has allegedly been killed by six assailants, following a disagreement they had with her husband, Police say.
The deceased was attacked by the men at Owerrinta in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area, where she was doing business, Vanguard reports.
The suspects, one of whom had been arrested and currently with the Criminal Investigation Department of Abia State Police Command, attacked Onyendi with planks and machetes, and were said to have forced her to drink an unknown substance. These acts of torture eventually led to her death.
Following the attack, late Onyendi was said to have gone to Owerrinta Police Division to report the matter and on the strength of the scale of injuries inflicted on the deceased, police referred her to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
Before her death, Akwudo Onyendi was said to have consulted her lawyer, Dr. A. C. B. Agbazuere and reported the attack by the six men.
Agbazuere, a human rights lawyer, had written to the Abia State Police Commissioner, requesting that the case file be transferred to State CID from Owerrinta Police Division.
In the letter dated August 24, Agbazuere alleged that the men who killed Onyendi unlawfully constituted themselves into a court under the command and superintendence of a suspect (names withheld).
The letter said:
“It is our instructions that these people first tried our client at the house of the said suspect on a different day, which continued on July 29, when she was attacked at her residence and also taken to the hall where the attack continued.
It is equally our instructions that our client, Akwudo Onyendi, sustained injuries on the back, right thigh, her legs and had pains all over her body as a result of the attack and that she was forced to drink an unknown substance.”