Ex-Ebonyi Commissioner, Donatus Ajah, has been arrested by the Police in Ebonyi on allegations of murder.
Ajah was accused of having a hand in the death of a 46-year-old man, Azubuike Inya.
Ajah and the late Mr Inya are from Amankwo village, Nkpoghoro community, in the Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Our reporter learnt that the killing was occasioned by intra-communal crisis, involving two factions of Amankwo village.
One of the factions was said to be led by Ajah and another by one Ifeanyi Obila.
The two groups have constantly clashed for supremacy and control of the community.
According to sources, Inya’s killing, which occured on May 23 2020, is as a result of another clash between the two groups in the area.
It was gathered that the deceased’s alleged killers approached some villagers who were relaxing in a pub, at the village and inflicted machete cut on them; a development that threw the area into chaos.
The deceased, on hearing the cries of the people at the bar, rushed to the scene and pleaded with the attackers to refrain from what they were doing.
It was at that point, the assailants attacked him with their machetes until he died.
Ifeanyi’s brother, Joel, claimed that the target of the killers’was his brother, who is a surveyor.
He said: “When these people came and could not find my elder brother, who I think was their target, they started attacking everyone there. And people were running helter-skelter.
“That was when Azubuike Inya came from inside the village. He pleaded with them not to do such a thing, that it was not good. They attacked him, and they killed him with their machetes.
“It was Zentus’s (Mr Ajah’s is also known as Zentus) boys that killed Azubuike and it was on the 23rd of May, around some minutes past 8pm.”
However, Ajah denied any involvement in the despicable incident that caused the death of Inya.
“The truth is that I was not at home and so cannot tell the beginning of the crisis that led to Azubuike’s death, apart from what I heard from witnesses, just like other people.
“There is no way I could have directed anyone to kill Azubuike or any other human being. Was he a goat or an animal I can kill to eat the flesh? Was he not a human being created like everyone else? Which problem did I have with Azubuike that would make people believe I have a hand in his death?
“Yet, it was the same Ifeanyi Obila that started telling people that I have a hand in Azubuike’s death. I believe God is the giver and taker of life and will always disappoint Obila and his cohorts, who feel they will only be satisfied if they hear that I am dead today,” Shah said.
The state police command confirmed Ajah’s arrest on Thursday. Police Spokesman, Loveth Odah confirmed the arrest.
Mrs Loveth Odah, its spokesperson, confirmed that the suspect was apprehended for his alleged involvement in Inya’s death.
“Yes he is in our custody. We are still investigating the matter,” she said.