Sunday, 17 August 2014
Tragedy: Son Strangles Mother to Death, Burns Her Corpse
Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Anambra State Police Command has arrested 29-yr-old man identified as Ekene Ucheagwu, who hails from Ndikpa Awuka Ogbunka, Anambra State, allegedly strangled his mother to death and burnt her corpse. Ekene kidnapped his 65-year-old mother, Agnes, strangled her and then proceeded to burn her corpse in the dreaded Ogba Ukwu forest in the community.
Madam Agnes was reportedly got missing on May 1. According to Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Gwary, her kinsmen suspected her son, Ekene, because of the lingering
misunderstanding between him and the mother. Gwary said Ekene was summoned by the kinsmen to ascertain what he knew about the incident. Curiously, he told them to prepare a burial place for the missing woman.
It was further gathered that the problem between mother and son began sometime in 2012, and led to the hapless woman being beaten by the son, and broke her arm in the process. For such case of assault and battery, the police arrested and detained him for sometime at Umuchukwu Police Station. While in police custody, he was said to have sworn to deal with his mother whenever he regained freedom. True to his word, Ekene carried out the threat by beating her again.
At the office of SARS, where he is being held, Ekene spoke with Sunday Sun, accusing his late mother of being a witch, who used satanic powers to frustrate him and his siblings, preventing them from progressing in life.
"My mother was evil. I killed her because of her wickedness. She prevented us, her children, from progressing. She was a witch and rained curses on us not to progress. She used her witchcraft powers to blind and attack us. I killed her because she planned to kill me because I called her queen of the coast. I beat her initially for her wickedness, but I am beginning to regret my action because my people have isolated me. I cannot forgive my mother. She had six children, three girls and three boys. My sister and brother died and she was behind their deaths."
One of the kinsmen of the suspect, Josiah Okoli, commended the Commander of SARS, Supol James Nwafor, a chief superintendent of police (CSP) and his team for the quick investigative work that led to the arrest of Ekene in Aba, Abia State.
Okoli recalled that the police had given a firm commitment to arrest the perpetrator of the act before the late Agnes would be given a befitting burial.
He expressed satisfaction that the culprit was eventually uncovered.
Gwary gave an assurance that the suspect would soon be arraigned in court.