Mgbaleze Isu community in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was in a mournful mood weekend as a 36-year-old man, Chijioke Ani, and his wife were found dead in their farm.
Mr. Ani was found dangling from a tree in the farm and his wife battered, in a manner locals suspected to be murder.
According to a local chief, Sylvanus Ani, the couple was seen last on their
way to the farm.
Mr. Ani said, ‘’Both of them went to the farm and did not return home; at a time everyone was disturbed so we informed other villagers that helped and mobilized themselves and went in search of them and finally found the wife, Ngozi Chijioke, lying dead in her pool of blood with marks of violence all over her body while Chijioke Ani was found hanging on a tree’’.
Another villager, Okechukwu Jude, said the mysterious death had given room for insinuations.
“We urge the relevant authorities to ascertain the cause of their death and
ensure that such does not in the area again.
“It will take us a long time to recover from this shock because the incident is gory and unprecedented,” he said.
Police spokesman, George Okafor, confirmed the incident.
He said the man may have killed the wife and hanged himself.
“Yes, it is true that the couple died at the farm but I am thinking that may be one thing led to another and the man killed his wife and hanged himself because the area is peaceful, no any dispute in the community,” he said.
He assured that the police will get to the root of the incident as investigation into the matter has commenced.