From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Tragedy struck at the weekend when a middle-aged woman was allegedly butchered at Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State by a man identified as Sunny who is now cooling his heels in police custody.
Community source told our correspondent that the assailant laid ambush for the victim for about two days at the particular spot along Agbor-Sakponba Road where he dragged her out of her ash color Toyota saloon car and descended on her.
According to the source, the victim was going to attend a burial ceremony at Oki on the fateful day before the attacker bounced to snuff breath out of her nostrils, adding that the charred remains of the victim were deposited at the mortuary.
“The murder was so callous. The suspect used cutlass to cut her ear, stomach, buttocks, back, laps and spread her legs on the road, exposing her private part. We have never seen a thing like this before,” the source said.
The source added that as the assailant was descending on the victim, she was shouting Sunny which attracted people to the scene but their intervention was too late, noting however that the intervention of policemen saved the assailant from being lynched by angry mob.
“When the mob gathered and saw the lifeless woman in the pool of her blood, they attacked the assailant who was still holding his blood stained cutlass. They even broke his head before the police came and took him away,” the source narrated.
Investigation revealed that the victim who resided at Asaba was billed to attend the burial ceremony on Thursday but put off the journey as her vehicle developed fault which led to her changing the four tyres.
It was further gathered that by Saturday, she decided to embark on the ill-fated journey but at the spot where the assailant laid ambush between Aliagwai and Agbor-Nta communities, he emerged and stood at the front of the vehicle, forcing the victim to apply the brakes.
The assailant who was dressed in complete black attire was said to have opened the door of the vehicle and dragged the woman out, brought a cutlass and started cutting her body parts, amidst shouts, till she gave up the ghost.
Another source has it that the victim was a cake designer who was going to a wedding at Agbor-Nta where she was supposed to deliver a baked cake before the assailant attacked her.
According to the source, the victim had beckoned on the suspect for direction “but instead, the man smashed her windscreen with his cutlass. When the woman came down to ask what was amiss, the man descended on her with his cutlass.”
Contacted, Public Relations Officer of the state police command, DSP Celestina Kalu informed our correspondent that her office was yet to receive any report on the incident.