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How Landlord, Children Killed Tenant In Anambra Community

Posted: Jul 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka

One person has been confirmed dead and several others injured while about five houses have been burnt at Nkpor, near Onitsha in Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State when a landlord allegedly collaborated with his two children to kill a tenant over non-payment of electricity bill from Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), formally Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) on July 3, 2015.

The death of the

tenant identified as David attracted a mob, which quickly burnt down the landlord’s houses.

The late David was said to be unable to offset his electricity bill.

As the tenant was being beaten, one of the landlord’s son, Tochukwu, stabbed the tenant with a knife, which pierced through his stomach and he slumped and died.

It was also gathered that before David was stabbed, the landlord’s daughter had hit him with electric pressing iron on his face which made him to lose his teeth.

On noticing that the tenant was dead sympathizers and passers-by mobilized themselves, turned into a mob and set five houses and a car belonging to the landlord ablaze.

This set a commotion in the area as tenants who lived in some of the houses quickly removed their properties before the mob set the houses ablaze despite efforts by the Police to stop them from setting the houses ablaze.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Hassan Musa, confirmed the incident, adding that the landlord had been arrested and case file transferred to the State Intelligent and Investigation Bureau (SIIB), Awka for further investigation.

He said, “I was there with my DCO throughout to stop the mob from destroying or setting the houses ablaze but they eventually scaled the wall through the back and set them ablaze.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at Iyi-enu Morgue and we are looking for the suspect and his sister that hit the deceased with pressing iron.”

As at the time of filing this report some tenants were seen packing their properties out of the premises under Police watch.