A 65-year-old hunter in Umuiyom, a community in Amanuke in Akwa North Local Government Area of Anambra State, named Uchechukwu Nweke has reportedly killed his 55-year-old wife, Patricia, and his 29-year-old son, Obinna. Afterwards, he burned down his house.
This incident happened on January 28, 2021, the report came out hours after a man, his wife and daughter were killed in another part of Anambra state.
Giving an account of the incident of the hunter, who also killed himself, Chief Charles Nnawude, chairman of the vigilante group in the community, stated that the hunter was always at loggerheads with his wife and kids.
“I had intervened severally when the late Nweke brought cases of how his wife and children had been maltreating him.
“Sometime last week, he complained about how they beat him and chased him away from the house.
“I tried to reconcile them but it was not possible. The man left and went into the bush to stay.
He later showed me the wounds inflicted on him by his wife and children, using a knife. There were wounds all over him,’’
According to Nnawude, when the man concluded on the punishment that he would mete out on his wife and son, he told his second wife to take her children and leave the community, but he did not give reasons.
It was when the woman left the community with her children that he carried out his plan, he said.
Sampson Okoye, a neighbour, told Daily Trust Saturday that the man had been complaining bitterly about his wife and children.
According to Okoye, because of the severity of the last beating from them, Nweke sought medical attention as he sustained several injuries. He said the man had told him that he would do something disastrous.
“I heard gunshots about 3 am on Thursday, and a few minutes later, he came to me, complaining that his wife and children refused to release money for him to collect the lab test on the last beating they gave him.
“I appealed to him to go back to his house so that in the morning the issue would be resolved.
“I didn’t know that he had killed his wife and son. The man also accused his son of saying bad things about him,’’ Okoye said.
He also said that he had also tried to make peace between them, but since it was a family issue, he could not do much.
“It was a family matter, so there is a certain level you cannot push. Sometimes you advise people and they will accept, but sometimes they won’t.
“They always beat the man. My advice fell on deaf ears,’’ he said.
He went on to advise families to always ensure that they settle their problems warmheartedly, he warned that children should not take sides with a particular parent when there is a misunderstanding..
Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer, Anambra State command, CSP Haruna Mohammed, said they received a report that a hunter in Amanuke allegedly shot his wife, son, burnt his house and killed himself in a circumstance yet to be ascertained.
He stated that police detectives attached to Achalla division immediately visited the scene and took victims to Uche Hospital, Isuanocha, where they were confirmed dead on arrival by a medical doctor. Their bodies were later transferred to the hospital’s morgue while an investigation is ongoing.
Also lending his voice on the issue, Dr Onukwube Alex Anedo of the Department of African and Asian Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, told Daily Trust that in Igbo culture and tradition, committing suicide and killing and others is highly abominable.
Anedo, who specialises in Sino/Afrio culture and anthropology said, “It is a sin for one to burn his house, another person’s house or somebody’s farm. It is also a sin to kill oneself or another person.’’
He emphasised that anyone who killed members of his household, burnt his house and killed himself was normally cast into the evil forest because if he was allowed to live, he would still pay by hanging himself.
He said such action was normally induced, either through spiritual or physical means.
He further stated that there was the need to find out what was responsible for such action and do some cleansing, adding that if nothing is done about it, calamity will befall the family and the entire community.
“It is advisable for the family members to go into inquiry through divination to find out why the man took such a decision.
“If they don’t find out the cause and do the cleansing before his burial, it might bring further calamities to the family and community,’’ he said.
He also said that what happened could be as a result of what happened in the past in the family that was not properly appeased, insisting that the incident was not ordinary.
“Nobody is happy to die, even at extreme pains and sickness. Something is wrong somewhere,’’ he said.
He was asked why Christians would be expected to make inquires through divination, he said,
“People don’t openly practice divination, but most of the people who profess to be men of God visit various centres at night in disguise. People are seriously indulging in divination secretly,’’ he said.
A lecturer and psychologist at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Mrs Amaka Okafor, said:
“No normal person can take the lives of his wife and son, his own life, and at the same time, burn his house. It is not ordinary. The man may have equally acted under the influence of diabolic manipulation from evil forces,’’
source: Dialy Trust.