The Anambra State Police Command, has reportedly arrested a metal fabricator Ifeanyi Okpoko popularly known as Anagwanti, for reportedly abducting a 16-year-old boy identified as Chidera Ezeanya from a compound on Sunday, October 1, tying him on a hand-crane and reportedly killing him for ritual.
The incident reportedly happened at Umunnaama, Eziowelle town in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The deceased’s body was discovered the next day by youths in the village, with some vital organs missing from his body.
It was gathered that Chidera who was playing with his playmates that afternoon, was called by Ifeanyi Okpoko as his playmates thought he wanted to send him on an errand. However after Chidera’s family waited till the next day without seeing him, they all went to Ifeanyi Okpoko’s house in search of him, only to find him tied and hung on a hand-crane.
“We shouted and ran out to call elderly people in the village but before we came back, Okpoko had untied the body, put it in his car and drove out of his compound..It was later that we heard that his body had been deposited at a mortuary in Ogidi.
An octogenarian, Pa Ezekiel Uzomah who expressed shock said that what Okpoko did was an abomination. According to him, the youths had wanted to burn the suspect’s house but they were restrained from taking laws into their hands. He said the village, instead has tied palm frond around Okpoko’s house as a sign of “ostracization.”