It was all pains and tears in Umuakuru village, Emekuku, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State following the sad end of nine members of a family whose lifeless bodies were discovered in their rooms at wee hours of Sunday.
The family were hacked by the axe of death barley 24 hours after interring their 98-year-old mother, Mrs Felicia Njoku in their country home. The deceased include Mr. Pascal Njoku, his wife Juliana and their five children, Ebere (first daughter), Ifunanya (second daughter), Chibueze (son) Jackline (third daughter) and Uchechi (last daughter). Others who died along with the Njokus, were Mr. Njoku’s sister, Christina Uba (nee Njoku) and her friend Catherine who accompanied her to the burial.
It was gathered that the embattled family retired to bed late in the night but could not wake up the following day after the burial of their mother.
However, fingers were being pointed at a member of the family whom the source said had earlier threatened to deal with the late Njoku and his family over a lingering family problem. Not prepared to take chances over the threat, Njoku’s wife, Juliana reportedly compelled him to relocate herself and their children for safety, but her advice was ignored.
“We have never witnessed this kind of tragedy in our village. I am 90 years of age, this type of calamity had not happened before and something serious must be done to appease the gods.” A source disclosed, noting that a pastor, who visited the family last recently prior to the burial, suffered a spiritual attacks and was unable to continue the prayer session.