Mr. Udochukwu Iwuoha 33-year-old resident of Owerri, the Imo State capital, , has been killed by his landlord, Mr. Paul Oparaugo and family members, over the deceased’s complaints of irritating smell in his room from the landlord’s poultry.
Until his death, the victim lived at No. 53, Onumonu Street, Owerri and was an artisan who specialised in the fixing of aluminum fittings in houses and offices.
Udo, as he was fondly called, was heard arguing with his landlord over the continuous smell of the poultry near his apartment.
Udoh was said to be arguing with Oparaugo who until the incident was a security man working with a branch of a new generation bank.
The landlord, alongside his wife and children, including 17-year-old Ndubuisi, are said to be hot-tempered.
While the shouting match persisted, neighbours alleged that they heard a scuffle and sudden quietness. Thereafter, the landlord and his family of seven fled the house, an action that triggered suspicion.
The family members are Chiemezie, Ndubuisi, Ugochinyere, Chidera and Deborah who allegedly committed the wicked act. It was alleged that only the last child, Michael, a primary school pupil that didn’t take part in the murder.
Upon enquiry, Udo was found in a pool of his blood, stabbed on his neck with deep cuts. He was alleged to have died before he could be rushed to the nearest hospital.
Udo, who hailed from Abajah in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State, was scheduled to perform wine-carrying rites (traditional marriage) to his heartthrob tomorrow.
At the victim’s residence, the one-storey building was deserted, as irate residents had broken in, and thrown the landlord’s belongings out of the window. They also destroyed his property.
Already, the remains of Udo have been deposited at the morgue while the Police have visited the scene and commenced investigation.
Sources said that the landlord is highhanded and at every little altercation, will threaten to deal with somebody.