BARELY few weeks after a commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada was killed in Enugu-Ezike, Igbo-eze North Local Government Area, Enugu State; another commercial motorcyclist has been hacked to death in a similar circumstance in the same local government area while his motorcycle was snatched from him. The motorcyclist, Chiedozie Urama, who hailed from Umuopu, Enugu-Ezike was tricked by his assailant to convey him to Aji, Enugu-Ezike only to be killed and his motorcycle snatched.
The killing of Chiedozie at Umuagama, a border community with Aji, raised apprehension among the people of Igbo Eze North Local Government Area that a notorious serial killer identified as Ifeanyi Urama who earlier killed a motorcyclist with Monday hammer, could still be around. The body of Chiedozie was found in the pool of his own blood by Umuagama Vigilante operatives who reported the matter to the police at Ogrute headquarters of the police division
When Crime Alert traced the relations of the deceased to the Ogrute District Hospital, the body of Urama was still lying in an ambulance as the medical doctor in charge was being awaited to perform an autopsy on the deceased. His immediate elder brother, Ikechukwu Urama, said that the news about his brother came first as an accident, adding: “But when we reached the police station, we found out that he was killed by an armed robber who snatched his motorcycle.”
Urama stated that his deceased brother was a crayfish dealer but during period of business slump, he helped himself by using his motorcycle for commercial purposes. “Our mother foresaw the death of Chiedozie in her dream a day before his death.
This kind of crime is rampant in our area and police has not been able to fish out the perpetrators,” distraught Ikechukwu regretted. He said that they have no faith in what police can do in the circumstance and as such, were relying on God for help. “We have taken the matter to God and we hope he will expose those who killed my brother.”
The Chairman of Igbo Eze North LGA, Mr. Bonaventure Onuh, condemned the killing of Chiedozie Urama and urged the police to do everything possible to fish out the serial killers operating in the area. Onuh who spoke to Crime Alert on phone, said the local government was concerned about atrocities of the serial killers who specialize in motorcycle snatching and killing of their victims, adding: “We are not resting on our oars in this regard. We are strengthening the Neighborhood Watches to make them more efficient and responsive to be able to deal with the situation.”
The Divisional Police Officer in- charge of Enugu Ezike Police division was said to be away in Abuja when our reporter called at the station. However, a senior police officer who wished to remain anonymous, confirmed the incident regretting the unwillingness of the people to come forward with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the bandits that have invaded the area since December 2011.