Feb 14, 2012 – Man killed over inability to pay N8,000 debt
Mr. Patrick Eze of Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State has been murdered because of his alleged inability to pay N8,000 debts emanating from a motorcycle business.
A source told reporters that the deceased was killed last month, even though the agreed date of completing payment for the motorcycle had expired.
It was learnt that the motorcycle was sold at a hire purchase of N10, 000, while the deceased paid 2,000 deposit, leaving a balance of N8, 000.
In her account, wife of the deceased, Mrs. Regina Eze, stated that her husband had earlier pleaded with the seller of the motorcycle to allow him pay the remaining N8, 000 since the expiration of the payment would elapsed in 2012, adding that the motorcycle trader insisted that he must collect his motorbike which later led to the killing of Mr. Patrick Eze
She alleged that one of the suspects, Mr. Peter Eze, popularly known as Oma-uma Ayi Ara, and his cohorts had ejected her out of her husband’s compound with her seven children and threatened to kill them.
We learnt that the case of the gruesome murder of Mr. Patrick Eze was said to have been transferred from Ohaukwu Police Station Ezzamgbo to Abakaliki as only Mr. Joseph Ogbu out of the six suspects had been arrested by the police.
She said: “My husband bought a motorcycle from the suspect and the motorcycle was later vandalized according to him, so instead of waiting for the agreed date of the payment which is January 2012, the seller now wanted the money quickly.
“So when the seller came for the first payment, I knelt down and begged him to give me time, that if I was informed of the transaction, I would have advised against it.
“But since I was not informed that he should take me in confidence, that I can pay the remaining N8, 000 which was the balance. After the arrangement, I never knew my husband will be brutally murdered” she lamented
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Police Command, ASP John Eluu, who confirmed the incident, stated that the Police had put modalities in place to ensure that those behind the dastardly act were brought to book.