Double tragedy struck Umukoto Umudibia Nekede in Owerri West LGA of Imo State on July 14 when a 36-year-old man died from gunshot injury after stabbing a pastor to death.
One Obumneke Onyemechileuzo said to be of unsound mind reportedly stabbed a pastor of the Redeem Christian Church of God, Owerri, Imo State, Thompson Onyekwuru, 62, at the back for stopping him from beating his own wife, Ogechi Favour Onyemechileuzo.
It was gathered that Pastor Onyekwuru fell down unconscious after the stabbing.
Our correspondent learnt that it was at this juncture the police were alerted and on arrival, shot the rampaging Onyemechileuzo on the leg after attempting to stab a police officer on the neck.
The spokesman of the police in the state, Michael Abatam disclosed in a statement that the pastor and his attacker were thereafter rushed to a hospital which referred them to another hospital where the duo were confirmed dead.
Abatam further disclosed that the corpses had been deposited at the morgue, while the pummeled wife of deceased attacker was admitted in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
The police spokesman said; ‘Following a distress call received on 14/7/2021 at about 1400 hours, at the Divisional Police Headquarters Nekede Owerri, Imo State, that one Obumneke Onyemechileuzo ” M” age 36 years of Umukoto Umudibia Nekede in Owerri West LGA of Imo state, suspected to be of unsound mind, armed with a kitchen knife was violently beating his wife, Ogechi favour Onyemechileuzo “F ” age 26 years of the same address over a minor domestic issue.
“And that, when a pastor with Redeem Christian Church Owerri, lmo State, Pastor Thompson Onyekwuru ” M ” age 62 years of Umuatum Umukoto Umudibia Nekede in Owerri West LGA Imo State, intervened by stopping him from stabbing his wife, the suspect rushed at him, stabbed him on his back and he fell down unconscious.
“On arrival at the scene, the police team saw the suspect seriously beating his wife, threatening to stab her and ran to prevent him from stabbing his wife.
“On sighting the police he attempted stabbing one of the officers’ on the neck when he was shot on the leg in self defence. He fell down and was immediately, disarmed.
“The victims and the suspect were then rushed to Rosana Hospital Nekede in Owerri West LGA of Imo State, where the doctor on call, referred the victims to Human Race Hospital Nekede Road, Owerri due to the gravity of the injuries they sustained where the pastor and the suspect were confirmed dead.
“The woman was admitted in the intensive care unit of the hospital and she is responding to treatment.
“The corpses were later deposited at Agbala Mortuary, Agbala in Owerri West LGA of Imo State. The exhibit knife was recovered to the station.”