– A houseboy allegedly kills his employer, a lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, after an argument.
– The deceased was a lecturer at the Psychology Department of the institution.
– Confession and interrogation: The suspect confesses to the crime after being beaten during interrogation.
– Police response: The state police spokesperson is unaware of the incident and promises to make inquiries.
[divider style=”solid” top=”20″ bottom=”20″]
HOUSEBOY ALLEGEDLY KILLS LECTURER WITH A PESTLE
In a shocking incident, a yet-to-be-identified houseboy has reportedly killed his employer, a lecturer at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. The deceased, who was a lecturer at the Psychology Department of the institution, was attacked with a pestle during an argument with a domestic servant. The gruesome incident took place on Friday night in Ifite village, Awka, the capital of Anambra State.
A video currently circulating on social media shows the suspect confessing to the crime. According to his confession, he hit the deceased with the pestle multiple times before he fell to the ground. Initially, the suspect denied killing his master but later admitted to the crime after facing severe beatings during interrogation.
The suspect’s account of the incident reveals that the argument erupted when the employer slapped him for not washing his plates. The houseboy, who claimed to have ear problems, protested the slaps. However, this only infuriated the employer further, leading to a physical altercation. It was during this fight that the suspect grabbed a pestle from the kitchen and struck the lecturer on the head.
He said, “When he came back, he told me to cook rice. And as I was cooking the rice, he asked me why I did not wash my plates. I did not reply. He then asked why I wasn’t responding to his question.
“In the process, he slapped me. But I told him I usually have ear problems, and that people don’t slap me.
As I was saying that, he angrily asked if I was still talking while he was talking. And therefore, he slapped me again and brought out Cain and started flogging me all over.
“Then in the process, I got angry, and we started fighting. In the process of that fight, I picked up the pestle in the kitchen and hit him on the head.”
To make the crime scene appear as if a third party was responsible, the suspect also used a knife to bruise the deceased’s body after he became unconscious. This attempted cover-up adds another shocking dimension to the already devastating incident.
A family source said, “While friends and relatives of the deceased were taking him to the hospital that night for medical attention after the encounter, the suspect was attempting to choke him to death right inside the vehicle where he was sitting close to him allegedly to conceal his atrocious acts.
“It was in the process that we discovered what was happening and therefore we started suspecting him. As that was going on also, the victim who was still alive then, used his last strength to mention the suspect’s name, before he finally gave up the ghost.”
“In his confessions, the suspect first said that it was the girlfriend of the deceased who visited him that night that attacked him. However, he eventually confessed that he was the person who killed him with a pestle.”
The police spokesperson, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, has not received any official report regarding the incident. However, he promised to make inquiries from the command where the incident occurred and provide further information.
In conclusion, this tragic incident highlights the need for caution when dealing with domestic staff. It serves as a reminder that conflicts, if not appropriately managed, can escalate to unimaginable consequences. Employers must strive to maintain a peaceful and respectful environment within their homes, while domestic staff should also seek peaceful resolutions to disagreements.