Man Beheads Girl, Kills 3-Year Old, Another Man Over Bitter Leaf In Edo

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Three persons, including a three year old boy, were on
Sunday evening murdered at Ibillo, Akoko Edo local government area of Edo State
by a man popularly known as Alhaji, after a quarrel over the ownership of a
bitter leaf plant in the compound.
Victims of the incident which was said to have occurred at
Ogo quarters, were identified as Mr. Aliu Ademo, a girl called Favour and the
little boy called Isaac, who later died on Monday morning at the hospital.
Trouble was said to have started after the assailant who had
a heated quarrel with the daughter of a co-tenant called Favour over the bitter
leaf plant in the compound. He was said to have harvested the vegetable without
the consent of the owner, a conduct which apparently angered Favour, daughter
of the owner.

Narrating the fit of madness by the assailant, an eyewitness
of the incident who refused to give his name, said: “Alhaji who is from Igbira
came out with a cutlass and beheaded the girl. Mr Aliu saw what happened and
started shouting, Alhaji ran after Isaac the little boy to kill him but Aliu
pursued him in order to save the boy. But he succeeded in matcheting both the
small boy and Mr Aliu.
“He decided to kill the man because the man came to save the
little boy. The boy was rushed to the hospital because he was unconscious and
not dead after the assault but we later died this morning (Monday). Alhaji is
on the run now but the police is looking for him,” he said.
Confirming the story, Edo State Police Command spokesman,
DSP Stephen Onwechei, described the incident as barbaric.

 “The suspect is currently on the
run but we are on his trail. He will be arrested. He abandoned his cutlass and
took off after the killing. When people came around to stop him he matcheted
them including the three year old child.
“I understand he previously had a
quarrel with the mother of the child over the ownership of the bitter leaf in
the compound. That is madness but we must arrest him no matter how far he tries
to run. He must face justice for his wicked act,” he said.

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