There was confusion at Alayi, a community in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State last Wednesday, following the death of a middle-aged man identified as Emma Orji, who was accused of committing adultery with a housewife in the area.
It was gathered that the housewife had left her husband’s house under the guise of going on a brief visit to her parent’s village, but she was found copulating with Orji three days after she left her husband.
According to sources from the community, adultery is a sacrilege in Alayi and it attracts some punishment including flogging the man in question in public.
It was learnt that some angry youths from the community allegedly whisked Orji away for the punishment, but he was found dead the following day.
Irked by Orji’s death, some of his relatives and friends invaded the home of a resident, who was believed to have spearheaded the killing of the deceased.
The relatives of the deceased were said to have set the resident’s home on fire also burnt his car and household items.
A native of the area, who pleaded anonymity, said that the tradition only permitted some level of punishment to anyone found in the act, but not killing the person.
However, the father of the deceased, Elder Orji, who lamented the gruesome murder of his son by hoodlums, called on the Abia State Government to ensure that his killers were fished out and made to face the appropriate sanction under the law.
The Special Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, on Security Matters, Captain Awa Udensi (retd.), who visited the community, condemned the gruesome killing of the deceased by youths in the area.
He said the security of lives and property of Abia people were paramount to the present administration, vowing that the government would ensure that the perpetrators of the act were brought to book.
The Chairman of the Bende Local Government Council, Chief Gabriel Elendu, also visited the community in company with the Divisional Police Officer condemned the act.
Elendu said those involved in the murder of Orji and the those who set the house of the suspect ablaze would face the wrath of the law.
He warned youths to desist from taking the laws into their own hands while vowing to get to the root of the incident, saying government was doing everything possible to promote peace and protect the lives and property of citizens in the state.