Wednesday, 15 August 2012

SERIAL KILLINGS: Another cyclist hacked to death in Enugu community

BARELY few weeks after a
commercial motorcyclist
popularly called Okada was
killed in Enugu-Ezike, Igbo-
eze North Local Government
Area, Enugu State; another
commercial motorcyclist has
been hacked to death in a
similar circumstance in the
same local government area
while his motorcycle was
snatched from him. The
motorcyclist, Chiedozie
Urama, who hailed from
Umuopu, Enugu-Ezike was
tricked by his assailant to
convey him to Aji, Enugu-
Ezike only to be killed and his
motorcycle snatched.
The killing of Chiedozie at
Umuagama, a border
community with Aji, raised
apprehension among the
people of Igbo Eze North
Local Government Area that a
notorious serial killer
identified as Ifeanyi Urama
who earlier killed a
motorcyclist with Monday
hammer, could still be
around. The body of
Chiedozie was found in the
pool of his own blood by
Umuagama Vigilante
operatives who reported the
matter to the police at
Ogrute headquarters of the
police division
When Crime Alert traced the
relations of the deceased to
the Ogrute District Hospital,
the body of Urama was still
lying in an ambulance as the
medical doctor in charge
was being awaited to
perform an autopsy on the
deceased. His immediate
elder brother, Ikechukwu
Urama, said that the news
about his brother came first
as an accident, adding: “But
when we reached the police
station, we found out that he
was killed by an armed
robber who snatched his
Urama stated that his
deceased brother was a
crayfish dealer but during
period of business slump, he
helped himself by using his
motorcycle for commercial
purposes. “Our mother
foresaw the death of
Chiedozie in her dream a day
before his death.
This kind of crime is rampant
in our area and police has
not been able to fish out the
perpetrators,” distraught
Ikechukwu regretted. He said
that they have no faith in
what police can do in the
circumstance and as such,
were relying on God for
help. “We have taken the
matter to God and we hope
he will expose those who
killed my brother.”
Serial killers
The Chairman of Igbo Eze
North LGA, Mr. Bonaventure
Onuh, condemned the killing
of Chiedozie Urama and
urged the police to do
everything possible to fish
out the serial killers
operating in the area. Onuh
who spoke to Crime Alert on
phone, said the local
government was concerned
about atrocities of the serial
killers who specialize in
motorcycle snatching and
killing of their victims,
adding: “We are not resting
on our oars in this regard.
We are strengthening the
Neighborhood Watches to
make them more efficient
and responsive to be able to
deal with the situation.”
The Divisional Police Officer
in- charge of Enugu Ezike
Police division was said to be
away in Abuja when our
reporter called at the station.
However, a senior police
officer who wished to
remain anonymous,
confirmed the incident
regretting the unwillingness
of the people to come
forward with useful
information that could lead
to the arrest of the bandits
that have invaded the area
since December 2011.

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