Tension in Onitsha market as labourer stabs shop owner to death
A shop owner in Onitsha main market, Anambra State was on Tuesday evening stabbed to death by a labourer in the market.
The suspect, presently at large was said to have been contracted by the deceased to assist him offload his goods in his warehouse located at the section where baking materials are sold.
We gathered that pandemonium erupted when the body of the deceased was suddenly found in the pool of his own blood by his colleagues while the suspect was nowhere to be found.
An eyewitness said some traders in the market quickly mobilized in search of the assaulter.
Confirming the incident, Police spokesperson, Tochukwu Ikenga said it was a murder case, adding that some persons have been fingered, while efforts were on to track and unmask the perpetuators.
He said, “It’s a case of murder which happened at Bright Street, inside main market around 4pm. But I can’t confirm the identity of the culprit, which is immaterial.
“Murder is murder, whoever that commits it will answer for it. I don’t have any information about the identity of the suspect but we will ensure that whoever that’s responsible is arrested and made to face the full wrath of law.
“When our men got the report, they quickly mobilised to the scene and discovered the man in the pool of his own blood. He was rushed to the hospital where the doctors on duty confirmed him dead.
“Preliminary investigation shows that its a murder case and some persons have been fingered and we’re currently on their track to unmask and arrest them.
“Information available to us suggests that it wasn’t a robbery incident because all the goods in warehouse were still intact. It’s a pure murder case and the circumstances surrounding the act must be unraveled.”