Father, son murdered by relative in Delta
Ogwashi-Uku, the headquarters of Aniocha South Local Council of Delta State, was thrown into deep distress on Tuesday following the gruesome murder of one Mr. Mike Okocha and his 20-year-old son, Iwe Okocha.
While the elder Okocha was hacked to death by his nephew, a 40-year-old assailant, Mr. Jerry Okocha, in his living room, his son was killed in the bathroom.
The incident, which occurred at Umudei quarters, threw the community into fear as the frightened residents ran for safety to avoid being slaughtered by the machete-wielding killer.
It was gathered that the assailant is said to be mentally unstable. An eyewitness who would not want his name in print explained that Iwe was bathing when he was attacked by the killer.
He added: “He had soap on his head and face and was scooping water to wash off the soap when Jerry came from behind and dealt him a heavy blow on the head with the machete. Following the impact, he slumped on the floor of the bathroom while Jerry continued with the machete assault.
“He butchered him completely. When Jerry saw Iwe was dead, he left him and went after Iwe’s father, who is elder brother to Jerry’s father. The man who initially did not know what had already happened was reclining on a chair in his living room when the assailant attacked. Mike’s wife who was in another wing of the house raised the alarm. She escaped and ran to her first son’s house nearby. It was her son who mobilised youths that disarmed the assailant.”
Sources said the suspect after butchering his relatives did not make any attempt to escape, but rather remained at the scene of the crime until the youths came.
A police source at Ogwashi-Uku Division said following the unfortunate incident, the suspect was immediately chained to a tree for further investigation.
Delta State police spokesperson, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka, said the suspected killer has been apprehend by the police, noting that investigation was still on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killings.
Since the incident, there has been tension and fear of the unknown among residents. “Before today, Jerry has been butchering people’s goats and eating them. The fact that he was allowed to arm himself with a weapon of such magnitude when they knew he was mentally unstable is something that should have been guarded against by those close to him,” said a neighbor who pleaded anonymity.