NBA, Police react
An Imo-based lawyer, identified as N.H. Nwankwo, Esq has been found butchered in his office located at 43 School Road, Owerri, Imo State.
It was gathered that Nwankwo went to his office on Saturday, but failed to return home prompting his family to call his colleague to check up on him. On Sunday morning, his colleague arrived at the office and saw blood traces on the locked door of Nwankwo’s office. So, he immediately went to get the police to open the door and they found the lifeless body of the lawyer who was obviously butchered with a cutlass.
In a statement released on Sunday, February 7, Secretary of Imo State branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Chinedu Agu gave the chilling account of how the deceased was found dead in his office.
A statement by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Owerri Branch reads thus:
At about 8.15am today on my way to Church for 8.30am Mass, I received a call from the Chairman of the Bar, J.I Ogamba, Esq. detailing me to liaise with the former Secretary of the Bar, Ishmael Nkwocha Esq., to take Police to N.H Nwankwo & Co. at 43 School Road Owerri, to ascertain the safety of N.H Nwankwo, Esq. who left home for work yesterday Saturday the 6th day of February, 2021 and was yet to return from work.
However, earlier to the call, Ishmael Nkwocha, who shares same office space with him had, in response to frantic calls from his family members over the uncertainty of his whereabouts, gone to his office to meet same locked. On opening the Entrance door, he met Nwankwo’s main office locked and with traces of blood on the door to his (Nwankwo’s) office.
Not very sure of the situation he went to the Homicide Section of the State CID, going with him Forensic Experts from the Police Headquarters to the office to have it properly opened by themselves in order not to contaminate evidential.
When the forensic experts arrived at 9:56hrs with their gadgets, they opened the door only for us to find his bulky frame lying lifeless inside his office in a pool of his congealed blood.
On a closer inspection, Nwankwo appeared to have been savagely matchetted by his Assailant, as a very gaping cut was seen on his neck, a monstrous cut of not less than of about 30cm with only about less than 50percent of the flesh in his neck region holding the head.
Blood splashes were seen on the roof, fans, Printer, Computers, table, files, seats, books, bookshelves inside his office suggestive of a ferocious matchetting of his neck.
Nwankwo was suspected to have been busy working as his Printer, Computer, Standing Fan were on while a writing pad containing jottings unrelated to this incident and a Pen were found on his Desk. A bucket of water was seen in his office, with which the Assailant must have washed his hands and Matchet used in this act.
A search of the office revealed a Matchet abandoned inside the Toilet of his office with which the Assialant was suspected to have used to cut his neck.
When his body which lay half prostrate was turned machete cuts were seen on his Wrist also and the footprints captured by forensic experts suggested the act was done by two persons as the two footprints were unidentical.
As at the time of this Provisional report, Forensic Experts are still gathering evidential materials for their use accompanied by myself, L.C Ugorji, Uche Osuji, Ishmael Nkwocha, J.I Ogamba, D.O Nosike and a host of other Lawyers.
Meanwhile, his Driver, who reportedly was the only person with him in the office on Saturday, is at the time of this report at large, with Nwankwo’s phones, and Car nowhere to be found.
Arrangement has just been concluded to take the lifeless body to the Morgue. This is one death too many; one murder too savage!
Meanwhile, Anthony Chinweotito Emmanuel, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, has been confirmed dead after the caretaker in charge of the off-campus hotel where he lived used a wooden stick and saw blade on him during an argument arising from payment of rent.
Anthony, a first year student of the Department of Building Technology, was hit on his stomach during the fight on Tuesday, but died on Saturday night in a hospital.
According to some of the students in the hostel, the caretaker of Ezinwanne Lodge, had locked up the water supply because some students refused to pay the full house rent.
This, it was gathered, led to argument that they did not live in the hostel between March 2020 and January, 2021 following the Covid-19 lockdown.
Following the excrucuating agony they faced while the taps were locked, the students in the lodge identified as “Ezinwanne Hostel” decided to open the tap and fetch water in the absence of the caretaker.
When the caretaker came back and saw the tap opened, he proceeded to use a saw and cut open the water pipe.
The angry students began exchanging words with the caretaker and Anthony was allegedly stabbed by the caretaker, who was said to have also gone ahead to hit the student with a plank.
The caretaker was said to have ran away immediately, leaving the student in the pool of his blood.
It was fellow students who took Anthony to the nearby hospital where he was rejected until he was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he died on Saturday.
The spokesman of Imo Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu said, he was not aware of the matter but would call the divisional police officer in charge of Nekede Police Station to get clear picture of the incident.
However, a source at the Nekede police station, who confirmed the incident, said the caretaker is in police net and the case would be handed over on Monday to the State CID for further investigation.