It was pure chaos that took over the Ubima community, Ikwerre Local Government area of Rivers State, Thursday evening following the alleged killing of a man, Aleruchi Samuel Awuzurike by one, Chibueze Ojiriome, The Nation reports.
The victim was reportedly killed over an alleged missing goat.
According to sources, trouble started when Awuzurike went to Ojiriome to enquire of his missing goat, which resulted in altercation between the duo.
The quarrel degenerated into a fight during which Ojiriome inflicted machete cuts on Awuzurike, leading to his death, hours later.
The incident led to a riot in the community, following which the suspect’s house was razed by a mob.
Residents were said to have been angered by the fact that Ojiriome had in the past killed one of the goats owned by the deceased.
Confirming the incident, police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, a Superintendent of Police(SP), who described the killing of Awuzurike as unfortunate, disclosed that his suspected killer had been arrested and that investigations were ongoing.
Omoni said, “l can confirm the unfortunate incident of Ubima where one Chibueze Ojirome 23 years old, without justification gave several machete cuts on one Samuel Awuzuruike which caused his death.
“Recall that some days ago the same suspect killed a female goat belonging to the deceased.
“This attracted the villagers who resorted to self-help by burning the suspect’s home before the Police arrived.
“Meanwhile the suspect has been arrested and corpse deposited in the mortuary while investigation is ongoing.
So far normalcy has been restored”. he assured.