Tragedy has befallen the people of Umuocha Ohuba-Ubomiri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State as a palm wine tapper simply identified as Njoku, was on Thursday found dead on top a palm tree. A villager, Iheanyi Enwerem, told Southern City News that the deceased had left his house early in the morning for his daily palm wine tapping business.
The villager, who was visibly shocked by the development, disclosed that as of the time Njoku left his house, there was no sign that he wouldn’t return alive.
“He left his house very early in the morning for his daily palm wine tapping business. He was strong and never showed any sign that he would die.
“When he did not return on time, his family members started making enquiries about his whereabouts. A case of a missing person was established in the village; a search party was declared,” Enwerem said.
According to the source, it was in the course of the search that Njoku was found dead on top of a palm tree in a bush.
Enwerem, who said that the corpse of the palm wine tapper had been deposited in a morgue while the case had been reported at the police station, disclosed that there was no cut on the body to indicate that he was killed.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Imo state, Andrew Enwerem, could not be reached for comment, but a police source confirmed the development.
Theodore Chinonso Uba NonsoNkwa shared the photos of the palm wine tapper on Facebook and wrote;
Man dies ontop of palm tree at Ubommiri Mbaitoli LGA…..
And some people tried to explain what may have caused the man’s death.
Chai this might be uncontrolled high blood pressure…..heart attack….nobody will make effort to bring him down not to talk of trying CPR on him…it might also be snake bite…..hmmmm villagers will attribute it to different diabolical things….ignorant no let some people see well again
What must have happened…even if he was bitten by a snake,he can’t just die immediately..was he shot by an enemy or what…if he cut himself with his knife,he wouldn’t still die in a hurry..what could have been the issue here