A teenager, Ifeanyi Ihejika, who has been arrested by the police in Enugu State for allegedly killing his cousin, Izuchukwu Ihejika, has blamed Satan for the act.
The incident was said to have taken place in Amankpunato village in the Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State on Easter Sunday.
It was gathered that Ifeanyi took to his heels after fatally shooting Izuchukwu with a locally-made pistol.
It was learnt that although he was eventually nabbed by the police, reasons behind the murder had yet to be ascertained. The spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development, said the locally-made pistol used in committing the murder was recovered from Ifeanyi upon his arrest.
Amaraizu added that Ifeanyi had been blaming his action on Satan.
“The suspect is saying that the act is the handiwork of Satan,” the police spokesman said.
Amaraizu added that the police had commenced full scale investigations into the incident.
He added that the corpse of the deceased had been deposited in the mortuary of Achi Joint Hospital, Enugu, for autopsy.
The command also warned members of the public to be law-abiding during, before and after the April 11 governorship and houses of assembly elections.
“The violation of any sections of the law as it affects the Electoral Act and the elections, as well as the peace accord duly signed by all the political parties in the state with their aspirants, will be viewed seriously and offenders will be arraigned properly in a law court,” Amaraizu said in a statement.
He said men of the police command, working in partnership with other relevant sister security agencies, had been directed to arrest offenders for necessary action.
Amaraizu said, “The command is set for April 11 elections and has briefed its operatives accordingly.”