A 25-year-old man, Agaezichi Ogbonna, is currently in the police custody for an alleged incestuous affair with two of his cousins. Ogbonna, who hails from Akpaa Mbato village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State, was said to have impregnated one of the two sisters.
Southern City News Tuesday reports that angry youths in Akpaa Mbato village descended on Ogbonna following the development. The suspect reportedly would have been lynched but for the timely intervention of the soldiers attached to a nearby checkpoint,
An anonymous source disclosed that Ogbonna, the last son of his mother, ignored the warning of the community which branded the act a taboo against the culture. He was also said to have ignored his sick mother
The source said, “Ogbonna’s mother who was managing her high blood pressure condition angered by the son’s action and the negative effect his abominable act would bring to the family, decided to raise the alarm after she noticed that her son was sleeping with Ugochi, one of the two sisters.
“In the heat of an argument with the mother, Ogbonna kicked her on her ribs which aggravated her health condition. She was said to have collapsed and died shortly afterwards when some members of the family who came to her rescue tried to stabilise her.”
A member of the community, who also pleaded anonymity, said that on seeing that the mother had died, Ogbonna tried to run away, but didn't succeed. Angry youths had stormed the compound and took Ogbonna to an unknown destination.
The source said the youths after beating Ogbonna to a pulp were on the verge of setting him ablaze when soldiers, who were alerted, rescued him from the villagers who had already hung tyre on his neck and about to pour fuel on him.
A soldier at the Akpaa Mbato Army checkpoint said they mobilised to the scene to save the suspect from jungle justice when they were alerted.
The soldier stated that Ogbonna confessed to the crime and had been handed over to the Azuka Police Station for investigation.
A senior police officer at the Azuka Police Station in Aba confirmed that Ogbonna was brought to the station by the soldiers in a Hilux van.