Tragedy struck at Umuelemai in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Friday after a man allegedly stabbed his kinsman, Longinus Ibezie, to death while they were drinking beer at a pub.
The incident had thrown the community into panic even as the police intervened in the matter.
The suspect, Michael Ezeala, who is currently cooling off his heels in the police cell, and the victim hail from Obinette village in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area. You
Our correspondent gathered that the victim, a father of one, was until his death a member of the Imo Security Watch, a local security formation in the state.
An eyewitness, who hails from the same village with the duo, told our correspondent that trouble started when the suspect got angry in the middle of their discussion.
The suspect allegedly broke a bottle after pushing the victim down and allegedly stabbed him continuously until he died.
“The two of them were drinking together and all of a sudden, the suspect got angry. He pushed the victim down, broke a bottle of beer and stabbed him mercilessly,” the source stated.
He said people tried taking the suspect to the hospital, but it was too late as he had given up the ghost before help could come his way.
The source added that people in the area alerted the police, who came and arrested the owner of the pub and the suspect.
Efforts made to reach the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, proved abortive, but a police source, who preferred anonymity confirmed the incident to our correspondent.