Ex-Ebonyi commissioner nabbed for murder



The Police in Ebonyi State, on Thursday , arrested a former Commissioner for Border Peace and Conflict Resolution in the state , Donatus Ajah , aka Zentus , over murder allegations.

Ajah was accused of having a hand in the death of a 46 - year -old - man, Azubuike Inya.
Both Ajah and Inya are from Amankwo village , Nkpoghoro community , Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state .

It had  earlier reported that the killing took place during a communal crisis, involving two factions in Amankwo.

One of the factions is said be led by Ajah , while the other is led by one Ifeanyi Obila .
The two groups have constantly clashed in the community as they battle for supremacy .

Inya’ s killing, which occurred on May 23 , 2020 , according to sources , was as a result of another clash between the groups.

It was gathered that the suspected killers approached some villagers at a pub in the village and inflicted machete cuts on them , a development that threw the community into chaos.

Inya, on hearing the cries of the people at the pub , was said to have rushed to the scene and begged the attackers to stop what they were doing .
It was at that point that the hoodlums attacked him and dealt several machete blows on him until he died.

Ifeanyi ’s brother , Joel , claimed that the killers’ targeted his brother , who is a surveyor .
He said, “ When these people came and could not find my elder brother , who I think was their target, they started attacking everyone there and people were running helter -skelter .

“ That was when Azubuike Inya came from the village . He pleaded with them not to do such a thing , because it was not good . They attacked him and killed him with their machetes .

“ It was Zentus ’ s ( Ajah) boys , who killed Azubuike on May 23 , 2020 , around 8 pm . ”
Ajah , however , denied any involvement in the incident .

He said, “ The truth is that I was not at home and so cannot tell how the crisis that led to Azubuike ’ s death began , apart from what I heard from eyewitnesses.

“ There is no way I could have directed anyone to kill Azubuike or any other human being.

 Was he a goat or an animal that I can kill to eat the flesh ?

Was he not a human being created like everyone else ?

 Which problem did I have with Azubuike that would make people believe that I have a hand in his death ?

 Am I contesting his father ’s property with him ?

Was he working under me , to say he stole my money ? What did he do to me to warrant being killed and what will I benefit from his death ?

“ It was the same Ifeanyi Obila , who started telling people that I had a hand in Azubuike ’s death .

I believe God is the giver and taker of life and will always disappoint Ifeanyi and his cohorts , who feel that they will only be satisfied if they hear that I am dead .”

The state police command confirmed Ajah ’s arrest on Thursday .

Its spokesperson , Mrs Loveth Odah , who confirmed the arrest , added that the suspect was apprehended for his alleged involvement in Inya’ s death .

“ Yes, he ( Ajah ) is in custody . We are still investigating the matter,” Odah stated .

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