Man kills village chairman over N800 electricity bill in Abia

29-year-old Jude Enyinanya Okebugwu, pictured above has been arrested by the police in Abia state for the alleged murder of the chairman of Umuoko village in Ntigha Umukalu in Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state, Mr. Chibuzor Ogbunma, 56, over the payment of N800 Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, electricity bill.

According to a statement released by the state police command, on July 7th, members of his community’s Electricity Committee Task Force went round the village to disconnect supply of community members who had not paid their electricity bills. The late chairman of the Umuoko village, Chibuzor Ogbunma was a member of the community’s electricity task force and was on duty on the fateful day with other members of the committee when the light of the suspect was disconnected for his inability to pay his N800 electricty bill.

Instead of pleading, Jude went into a rage, took the belt used by the electricity taskforce and used it on the 56 year old chairman. He died thereafter.

While being paraded before newsmen, Jude says he regrets his action

“I committed the crime angrily without knowing it would lead to this consequence because prior to this time, I had no problems with the deceased or any member of the task force.” he said
The state police command said Jude will soon be arraigned in court.

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