A man accused of adultery in a village in Abia State has been beaten to death. The deceased, Emma Orji, was accused of having s*x with a housewife in Alayi, a community in the Bende Local Government Area of Abia State.
Adultery is a sacrilege in Alayi and it attracts some capital punishments including public flogging of the perpetrator.
It was gathered that the housewife had left her husband’s house under the guise of going on a brief visit to her parent’s village, but she was found copulating with Orji three days later.
After the discovery, some angry youths from the community were said to have whisked Orji away for the punishment.
He was found dead the following day.
Irked by Orji’s death, some of his relatives and friends invaded the home of a resident, who was believed to have spearheaded the killing of the deceased.
The relatives of the deceased were said to have set the resident’s home on fire also torching his car.
Father of the deceased, Elder Orji, who lamented the gruesome murder of his son by hoodlums, called on the Abia State Government to ensure that his killers are fished out.
The Special Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, on Security Matters, Captain Awa Udensi (retd.), who visited the community, condemned the gruesome killing of the deceased by youths in the area.
He said the security of lives and property of Abia people are paramount to the present administration, vowing that the government would ensure that the perpetrators of the act were brought to book.
The Chairman of the Bende Local Government Council, Gabriel Elendu, also visited the community in the company of the Divisional Police Officer to condemned the act.
He warned youths to desist from taking the laws into their own hands while vowing to get to the root of the incident.