Man 61, arraigned in court for allegedly killing brother’s wife with axe

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The Ebonyi Police state command has arraigned a 61 year old man for allegedly killing his elder brother’s wife.

The man, whose name was given as Moses Nweze, allegedly killed Mrs Mary Nwomege who is said to be his brother’s wife on 24th February, 2024.

He was arraigned at an Abakaliki Magistrate Court on Monday by the police following his arrest.

During the arraignment, the Counsel to the Police, Eze Chinagorom told the court that the suspect used an axe to strike Mrs Nwomege on the head from behind while she was cooking.

The charge against him according to court records reads: “that you Moses Nweze ‘m’ on 24th day of February, 2024 at Edukwu Ndegazu in Ikwo Local Government Area within the jurisdiction of the Honourable Court did unlawfully cause the death of one Mary Nwomege “f” by hitting her with an iron axe.

The Police noted that the suspect by the action committed an offence punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Law Cap 33 Vol. 1 Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria 2009.

After the charges were read to the suspect, the Presiding Magistrate, Lilian Ogodo said the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

She therefore remanded the accused at the Abakaliki Correctional Service and urged that the case file be transmitted to the Ministry of Justice for further action.

Speaking to newsmen, daughter of the victim, Chinasa Nwomege narrated how his uncle killed her mother.

“I was inside the house and suddenly I heard the voice of my mother breathing like someone who is in pain”

“So I rushed out to know what was wrong with her and I saw my uncle Moses hitting my mother on the head, so I raised alarm and people came and helped me take my Mother to the hospital.”

She said she and other members of the family want justice for her slain mother.

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