The 73 – year – old man , Chief Oforbuike Ani , a native of Amodu Akunanaw in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, who died after a widow allegedly plucked out his eyes , has been buried .
The 38 – year – old widow and mother of five , identified as Blessing Nwatu , was alleged to have hit the old man with a brick , where he was sitting in his compound on February 21 , 2020 .
After the victim had fallen down , Nwatu allegedly used a knife to pluck out his eyes and left him in a pool of his own blood .
It was gathered that neighbours , who got wind of the incident , called one of Ani ’ s sons living in Enugu , the state capital , who came and took him to hospital , where he died on February 28.
Our correspondent, who visited the Okpebe community in Amodu on Tuesday during the victim ’ s burial , reported that residents described the incident that resulted in the man ’ s death as a taboo .
One of the sons of the deceased, Barry , give the reports that his father ’ s killing hit him like a thunderbolt , but thanked God that the perpetrator had been arrested.
He stated, “ On February 21 , 2020 , I received a call from my father ’ s best friend that I should come home immediately because my father was seriously ill.
I thought maybe it was his usual illness .
So , I rushed home .
“ While on my way to the village , I started receiving calls that I should come home because a woman used a knife to pluck out my father ’ s eyes.
“ When I got home , I saw my father lying down in a pool of blood in the compound with his two eyes plucked out.
I asked a woman I saw in the neighbourhood where the perpetrator was , but she advised that I should take my father to hospital first .
I took her advice and rushed my father to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital , Ituku – Ozalla.
“ I met a doctor at the Emergency Unit and he asked me what happened to my father ; I could not tell him much , because I didn’ t have the details and he told me to get a police report before the hospital would start treatment . ”
Barry explained that he begged the doctor to commence treatment to save his father ’ s life , while he went to police station to report the incident .
He added , “ He accepted to commence treatment and I went to the Agbani Police Division , where I reported the incident . Immediately the DCO saw the pictures of the incident , he followed me to the hospital to see my father .
It was at the hospital that the DCO called his men to go to my community to arrest the perpetrator .
“ When I left the hospital with the DCO , I got a call from the doctor asking me where my father ’ s eyes were and if I picked them.
I told him no and he said that I should go and bring the eyes .
I came back to the village but could not find them .
I went back to tell the doctor that I couldn ’ t find them .
“ Since February 21 , 2020, the doctors started battling to save my father ’ s life , but on February 28, he passed away and because he had instructed that his body should not be kept in the mortuary , we had to bury him today (Tuesday) according to his last wish . ”
The state Police Public Relations Officer , Daniel Ndukwe , who confirmed the incident , told our correspondent that the perpetrator had been arrested and was charged on Friday and remanded in a correctional centre
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