65-year-old Hunter Kills Wife, Son, Self in Anambra

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David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

A hunter, 65, Mr. Uchechukwu Nweke, from Amanuke community of Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday allegedly killed his wife and son, and set their house ablaze.

THISDAY gathered that the hunter also took his life afterwards, even as the reason for his actions was yet to be ascertained.

The spokesperson of the state Police Command, CSP Haruna Mohammed, who disclosed this to journalists, said the incident happened at about 3a.m. yesterday in the community.

Mohammed said: “On January 28, 2021, there was a report from the local vigilante chairman of Amanuke community that on the same date at about 3a.m., a hunter, one Uchechukwu Nweke, 65, of same address allegedly shot his wife, Patricia Nweke, 55, with a single barrel gun.

“He also burnt his house along with his son, Obinna Nweke, 29, in circumstances yet to be determined. The suspect equally shot himself with the same gun.

“Meanwhile, police detectives attached to the Achalla police station visited the scene and rushed the victims to Uche Hospital in Isuanocha for medical attention, where they were all certified dead by a medical doctor on arrival.”

Mohammed said the corpses of the victims have been deposited in the hospital’s morgue for autopsy, while the command has also commenced investigation.