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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Igbira Man Kills 3 in Akoko Edo for Plucking His Bitterleaf

The Edo State Police Command has promised to hunt down a fleeing Igbira man, identified simply as Alhaji, for killing three persons over bitter leaf last Sunday evening at Ibillo in Akoko Edo Local Government Area. The names of his victims were given as: Aliu Ademo; a girl identified simply as Favour and a three-year old boy, Isaac. Alhaji was said to have had a quarrel with Favour over the bitter leaf plant because he did not seek the consent of the owner before plucking its leaf to make a soup. An eyewitness, who spoke in confidence, said: “Alhaji, who is an Igbira  (from Kogi State), came out with a cutlass and beheaded the girl. A neighbour, Aliu Ademo, saw what happened and started shouting. Alhaji ran after Isaac, the little boy to kill him but Ademo pursued him to save the boy. Alhaji killed the small boy and Ademo. “Alhaji attempted to kill Mr Ademo because he came out to save the boy. Isaac was rushed to the hospital, because he was still unconscious. But we heard he died this morning (yesterday). “Alhaji is on the run, but the police are looking for him.” Police spokesman Stephen Onwechei, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the incident. He said: “He (Alhaji) will be arrested. He abandoned his cutlass and took off after the killing. When people came round to stop him, he killed them, including the three-year-old child. That is barbaric. “I understand that he previously had a quarrel with the mother of the child over the ownership of the bitter leaf in the compound. That is madness. But we must arrest him, no matter how far he tries to run. He must face justice for his wicked act.”
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