Tension as Ohafia residents clash with policemen over killing of 70-year-old hunter
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There has been tension in Amaekpu Ohafia community in the Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State following a clash between youths of the community and policemen attached to the area over the killing of a 70-year-old hunter, Chief Kalu Okowu, aka Crossca.
A source described Okowu as a jovial, caring and peace-loving man, who was not known for trouble in the community.
The source said, “Some pellets hit one of his colleagues, Agwu Oba, alias Aliko, in the leg. He was taken to Ebem Hospital, where he was treated and later discharged.”
Aliko was alleged to have reported the case to the police, which led to the arrest of the hunters who were with him when the shooting incident happened.
“They broke into Okowu’s house and allegedly hit him with guns. In the process, he collapsed. Efforts by doctors to revive him failed and he was taken to another hospital where he was confirmed dead on arrival by a medical team at the hospital.
“Okowu’s death angered some youths, who descended on policemen in the area. But some soldiers were alerted and they intervened,” the source explained.
But the widow of the deceased, Kalu Nnoke, urged the government to ensure that justice was served on those found culpable as a way of assuaging the spirit of her late husband.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Ogbonnaya Nta, said he would get back to our correspondent, but he had yet to do so as of press time.
The Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, had also yet to reply to a text message sent to his mobile.