A man, Mr. Chinedu Ugwueze, has allegedly stabbed a 98-year-old woman known as Oyibo Ogidi to death in Ovoko, Igbo-Eze South Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Ugwueze, in his confessional statement to operatives of the Nigerian police, said Oyibo Ogidi was a witch hence the attack.
He said the nonagenarian was causing spiritual setbacks to members of his community, which moved him to kill her to liberate the community.
He also confessed to killing one 55-year-old Joseph Ogbonna in the same community in April 2020.
However, a member of the community debunked the witchcraft claim of the suspect.
He told Vanguard that he murdered his victim because she was in possession of the huge sum of money she got from the sale of their family land.
He added that the deceased family decided to give her some percentage of the money since she did not marry out of the family.
The source also said that the suspect quickly changed his wardrobe and was living lavishly before the community intensified efforts to unravel the circumstances surrounding the murder of the deceased who was the eldest woman in her clan before her death.
It was gathered that his arrest followed joint security efforts, involving the traditional ruler, vigilante groups and the community’s married daughters (Umuada).
Another source told Vanguard that Ugwueze absconded to a suburb, Okpuje, in Nsukka Local Government Area of the state where he was doing business with his newly married wife after he committed the dastardly act.
Before he was arrested, reports said he attempted to run on sighting the emissaries but was subdued.
He said that he killed the woman because she was a witch and also confessed that he was behind the murder of Joseph Ogbonna was equally killed in his sleep in April 2020.
He also reportedly confessed that he went to the house of the childless woman with his accomplice, Tobechukwu Atamah (now at large).
According to him, Tobechukwu hit her head with a rod while he stabbed her to death before carting away with her cash and other personal belongings.