A father in Awka, the Anambra State capital has shocked many people by killing his only son, Chibuzor, for proposing to marry a woman older than he (Chibuzor) is, Punch has reported.
According to the report, the man allegedly hired some soldiers to execute the act. An eyewitness revealed that the men in the Nigerian Army uniform had beaten their victim to coma before he died at a nearby hospital where he was taken to.
The deceased, it was gathered , was the only son of his father. Punch reported that trouble began when the late Chibuzor brought home a lady he had proposed to marry and introduced her to his father.
A source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that Chibuzor had had an altercation with his father after the introduction. The source said,"The father had rejected the choice of the woman Chibuzor brought home, saying the lady was older than his son.
"Chibuzor who had had a failed marriage that produced a child, decided to remarry after separating from the first wife,.
"He was disappointed when the father refused to give his approval to the marriage.
"When the rift between the decease and his father escalated, the father invited some soldiers; this annoyed his son, Chibuzor, who as a result poured hot water on his father."
The soldiers descended on the deceased and beat him to a pulp and he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. The event which happened on Saturday in Umuayom village Awka, triggered a protest by the youths in the community. The protesters made bonfires and blocked major roads in the area asking for justice over the killing of their kinsman.
Confirming the incident on Monday, the Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiru Nwode, said the command was investigating the matter.
She said the proposed wife in question had been given police protection while investigation was ongoing.
The PPRO maintained that nobody would be allowed to take the laws into his hands, stressing that those found culpable on the matter would be prosecuted accordingly, irrespective of their status.