The family of Ikwunyelu family in Akpulu village, Ugbenu in Awka North local government area of Anambra state, was put in a start of mourning following the horrific death of their son, Mr. Sunday Ikwunyelu, popularly known as ‘A-Big’, who was allegedly killed by his relative and friend, Mr. Ifeanyi Eziechine over a ludo game.
The deceased, a father of six children, was said to have been hit with a heavy weapon before his genitals were cut off with a knife, leading to heavy bleeding that eventually claimed his life.
The alleged murderer is still at large but his mother, Mrs. Maureen Eziechina and his wife, Ada Eziechina have been arrested by men of the Achalla police division.
When Orient Daily visited the family, the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Maryrose Ikwunyelu could not hide her emotions as she sobbed uncontrollably while narrating the incident that led to her husband’s sudden demise. She said;
“I was in front of my shop playing ludo game with one nurse Rebecca when Ifeanyi, who happens to be my husband’s brother, joined us.
He requested to be allowed to participate in the game but I declined on the ground that he often caused trouble each time he participated and lost out in the game. Sometimes, it would lead to wanton destruction of some items in my shop and the compound.
“It was on that note that he took offence and this led to exchange of words. He abused me and called me all sorts of unprintable names.
My husband was not around then but when he came back, somebody else told him how Ifeanyi abused me right in my shop. This made my husband to confront Ifeanyi.
“It was that confrontation that led to a fight on that Tuesday morning between the two and my husband, out of anger, confiscated his motorcycle ignition key, insisting that he must pay for all the damages he caused in my shop.
“This incident happened in the morning but, around 6:30 pm, my husband rushed off to the neighboring village to watch the Nigeria/Agentina match. In no time, someone rushed to our house to announce that my husband and Ifeanyi were fighting again; that Ifeanyi waylaid him and attacked him with a heavy weapon from behind.
“He was still struggling for survival when he grabbed his genitals and cut it off with a knife. He was already lifeless at the point I got to the place and this happened right in the presence of his (Ifeanyi’s) mother and wife, an indication that it was a calculated plan to kill my husband.”
When contacted, the police public relations officer (PPRO) in Anambra state, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, said he was attending a security summit in Owerri and was not in a position to confirm if the fleeing suspect had been arrested or not.