Caretaker flees after stabbing Oko Poly student in Anambra to death over water

Story from Kenneth AFOR, Lagos

A National Diploma (N.D. 2) student, Abuchi, of the Department of Public Administration, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State was allegedly stabbed to death by a caretaker on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

The cause of the incident, according to reports, was the unavailability of water in the lodge where the students reside.

The said caretaker, Uju Edeh, is currently on the run.

The deceased and other tenants approached the caretaker to complain about the lack of water and it led to a misunderstanding and which aggravated a fight between both parties during which the caretaker stabbed Abuchi.

Abuchi was rushed to a nearby hospital by his lodge mates where he was confirmed dead. The suspect was said to have fled after the student gave up the ghost.

Police officers attached to the Oko Division reportedly arrived at the scene aftermath of the incident to commence an investigation. The corpse has since been deposited in the mortuary.

The Institution’s Director of Welfare, Student Union Government (SUG), who confirmed the incident in a statement, urged students to refrain from taking matters into their hands as the Divisional Police Station, Oko is investigating the case.

“The Death of Abuchi, a student of Public Administration Nd2 R2 FedPoly Oko according to an eye witness (Mmachukwu) who lived in the same lodge with the deceased, narrated that Abuchi was stabbed by the caretaker who collected the money contributed by the tenants of Currency Lodge, Oko to pump water on Friday but to their greatest surprise the water didn’t last up to a day so Abuchi and other concerned lodge mates went straight to the lodge caretaker to complain because such a thing had never happened in the lodge.

“The complaint led to a fight between both parties, the caretaker now had to stab Abuchi after much threats and exchange of words while the said lodge mates rushed him to Chukwunonso Hospital, Oko where Abuchi was confirmed dead due to much delay, while the caretaker fled for his life”, the statement read.

Meanwhile, friends, colleagues and family members of the deceased, have taken to social media to demand justice.

The deceased sister, Risi Henry Uchendu has offered the sum of N5 million as a reward for information on the whereabouts of the fleeing suspect, Edeh, saying he will pay dearly for killing her brother.

She said, “You have touched the lion’s den, justice must be served to my brother for sure, you stepped on the wrong toes. Abuchi my brother, don’t worry he will pay so dearly, the Ifeanyi’s are always the lions, it hurts me so much, am still in so much pain, you will be missed, my brother. You have knocked on the wrong door.”


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