Vigilante beats 17-Year-Old to death in Ebonyi

By Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki

A local vigilante attached to the Ebonyi State International Airport, Onueke, in Ezza South Local Government Area of Ebonyi state, (name withheld) has allegedly beaten a 17-year-old girl, Nwuka Nwafor, to death.

The deceased is said to be an SS1 student of Izo High School in Ezza North Local Government Area of the State.

The elder brother of the deceased, Mr Sunday Nwafor, said that the deceased in her bid to raise money before the school resumes officially, engaged herself in menial jobs at the construction site during weekends and holidays.

Another source, who pleaded anonymity, told newsmen that trouble started when the local security operative instructed the deceased to evacuate some corn husks which were heaped at a particular section of the site.

According him, the deceased insisted that she wasn’t the person that ate the corn let alone dropping its husks at the place and refused to touch the corn husks.

Her refusal was said to have infuriated the killer who allegedly picked an object suspected to be a piece of plumbing pipe and hit her severally on the head.

He said on that fateful day, Nwuka and one of her friends were moving from one section of the airport to another in search of work when they encountered the suspected killer, who directed the deceased to pack the waste which was dumped by someone else.

“But the girl, who could not figure out the reason behind such instruction, refused to obey the command of the suspected killer, who could not control his anger, started to beat the girl until she fainted,” the source confirmed.

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Nwuka’s elder brother, Sunday Nwafor, further revealed that his late sister was rushed to the General Hospital, Onueke, and later to the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, where she was confirmed dead.

Another sibling, Ekene Nwafor called on the relevant authorities to ensure justice for the deceased.

“It actually happened on July 29. My sister did not commit any offence unless it has become an offence to fend for oneself.

Vigilante beats 17-Year-Old to death in Ebonyi

“So, Nwuka died struggling to survive and she deserves justice. As a family, we demand justice,” he insisted.

According to him, since the incident happened, nothing has been heard of the case and that’s why we are asking for justice. The matter shouldn’t be swept under the carpet as if her death doesn’t matter to anyone”.

When contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), SP Chris Anyanwu, said the matter has not been reported to the Command, but promised to provide useful information as soon as details of what happened are made available to him.

It was however gathered, that Nwuka’s killer, was apprehended by security personnel attached to the site, and later handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department at the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters, Abakaliki.

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