Calabar News: Palmwine Tapper Held Over Colleague’s Death
May 30, 2012 – The police in Calabar have arrested a 40-year -old palm wine tapper, a native of Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom State and resident in Akpabuyo, Cross River, for allegedly killing another tapper, Peter Samson Ekada.
The two are said to have had a misunderstanding over the ownership of a palm tree in the village, Ikot Esu, Idebe, Akapbuyo, when the suspect allegedly hit Peter with a stick and he fell and died.
The incident which took place on Sunday shook the village.
According to John Samson Ekada, the twin brother of the deceased, his “brother prepared the palm tree ready to tap palm wine when the suspect climbed it and cut all the palm fronds to stop the tree from producing wine.”
According to him, when his brother asked the suspect why he did that, he said he had planned to tap wine from the same tree “and my brother rushed and prepared it to tap wine from it”
He said the killing of his twin brother has left him with additional responsibilities as the man has three children whom he now takes care of.
“I leave everything to God, though his children are now with me which is additional trouble for me,” he said.
He said he has left everything to the “government since I cannot do anything to him”
The suspect who was arrested after some days of hiding in the forest, according to the Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Hogan Bassey, would soon appear in court.