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In Ebonyi, man sets octogenarian’s house ablaze



A MIDDLE-AGED man, Chima Edeh  has allegedly attempted to kill an 80-year- old widow, Mrs Regina Opoke in Eguho – Ezzagu in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

  The childless widow was said to have escaped from her house when Edeh invaded her house and set the house ablaze .

  Confirming the incident, the Catholic Priest of St Joseph Catholic Church, Eguho-Ezzagu, Rev. Father Arinzechukwu Nkannebe who rescued the woman, noted that the living condition of the woman was unbearable and therefore called on spirited individuals and government to assist the widow.

  He said that all the properties of the woman including clothes were burnt to ashes.

  The cleric said, “it was indeed terrible with this ugly incident. One Mr. Chima Edeh from Onunweke Ubia, set ablaze the house of a poor, wretched and childless old woman, Mrs Regina Opoke.

  “This is high rate of heartlessness, wickedness and man’s inhumanity to fellow human being. A childless old woman, now homeless and naked except for the clothes she is wearing right now. This is terrible, devilish. Thanks to God no life was lost. The guy has been apprehended by the youths.”

  “Let’s consider ourselves to be children of this childless old woman of about 80 years old. Always in the church, cleaning and sweeping the church’s and Father’s compound; taking charge of little children organisation I formed to nurture our little ones in faith and good moral (Sons and Daughters of St Joseph) every Saturday morning.  A Ghana-must-go bag full of clothes I gave her sometime in January and a bag of rice I gave her last month and all her property burned to ashes… I’m full of tears, the cleric lamented.

  Meanwhile, the culprit was apprehended by the villagers and being taken to Ishielu Police Station.

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