A father of two who allegedly murdered his 83-year-old uncle over a land dispute is full of regrets now over his action.
According to the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Ebere Amaraizu, Ekemezie, a Mathematics teacher at the Ukpata Community Secondary School in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state, murdered his uncle on March 4, 2017, at about 8 pm following the lingering land dispute.
DSP Amaraizu stated that the suspect who is popularly known as Bakassi, was arrested by the police acting on intelligence and that he has confessed to committing the crime, blaming the devil for the dastardly act.
The police spokesman said the suspect confessed that he and his uncle had been locked in a protracted land dispute. On the day of the incident, Ekemezie had left his house his house in Ukpata community and headed to his uncle, Pa Odoh's place.
During his interrogation, Ekemezie reportedly said:
"On getting to the place, I woke my uncle up and tied his mouth with a cloth to avoid him shouting, while I whisked him quietly that evening to Iyimkpafu/Ofiakputu forest in our community.
I tied him to the tree with a rope and left him till March 8, 2017. When I discovered after five days that he was dead, I buried him in a shallow grave. It was the devil that made me do it and I really regret my actions.
I want to tell people to distance themselves from any issue of dragging of lands because it can lead to loss of lives and properties.
I want the son of late Pa Patrick Odoh to forgive me and even take the land. I am ready to leave the land for them. I am regretting my action now. I recently lost my wife and I am left alone with my two kids. God, please help me," he lamented.
DSP Amaraizu said that the suspect has been helping the police in their investigation and according to him, the suspect led police operatives to the grave where the decomposed corpse of late Pa Odoh was recovered on 4 April 2017.