Angry youths have reportedly attacked and razed four buildings in Ateh Community, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State; Just as scores of indigenes in the rural area have fled into bushes.
The attack, according to the police, occurred on Sunday May 30, 2021, was a reprisal over the alleged murder by a resident of the Community, identified as Mr. Bayo by Emmanuel Amaze who intervened in a fight between his mother simply identified as Anima and Bayo in a fight.
Amaze, father of four Children, confessed to the crime when he was paraded along with nine other suspected murderers at Edo State police headquarters last week Thursday in Benin City.
Speaking to newsmen, 41-year-old Anima who is married to two wives, alleged that he committed murder in defence of his mother, now at large.
He explained that he turned himself to the Divisional police station at Igarra, headquarters of Akoko-Edo Local Government Area after the incident.
He also said that while he was in protective custody, he heard about Bayo’s death and the burning of four of our houses by angry youths, making him devastated.
“As I was going home on Sunday May 30, 2021 at about 7p.m, I saw Mr. Bayo fighting my mother. I attempted to separate them and in the process, Bayo used a machete to cut my hand and my head.
“I became angry. I held him, collected the machete and used it to slay him. He fell down almost immediately.
“I ran quickly to Igarra, police station in Akoko-Edo. While I was in detention, I heard about Bayo’s death and the burning of four of our houses by angry youths.
“My mother, brothers including his two wives and four Children escaped after the incident.
“I have two wives and four Children”, he said.
According to murder suspect, “People should learn to be patient in life and apply caution in the face of provocation”.
The State Commissioner of police, Mr. Phillip Ogbadu told newsmen that the long arm of the law will catch up with arsonists and other criminals.
He said the suspects will face prosecution when police investigation is completed.
Our Correspondent reports that the mother of Eight Children, Anima and other occupants in the burnt houses had fled the Community.