There was tension in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State following the horrific murder of Mr Okoye Tagbo, a middle-aged farmer.
According to a resident, the remains of the deceased were found in a shallow grave near the scene of the attack, without a head, heart, hands, feet and genitals.
Anaku and Omor communities are at war over disputed border farmland ownership claims.
Amid efforts to resolve the ongoing land struggle, kidnappings and killings have continued, with the incident culminating in the wanton destruction of property in both communities in May.
Tagbo, a native of Umuokpanta, Orenja village in Omor, reportedly went to his farm near the disputed farmland near the Anaku-Omor border to harvest cassava on January 10, 2022, but never returned alive.
When the family discovered that he had not returned by midnight, they sounded the alarm, forcing the villagers to search for him.
Daily Trust also understood that the eventual discovery of Tagbo’s headless body in a shallow grave sent shockwaves through the Omor community.
According to a close family member, Grand Chief Johnson Ifejika, “We found Tagbo buried in a shallow grave on a farm where he was harvesting cassava.”
He said the body was exhumed in the presence of police and military who joined in the search for the deceased.
According to him, the decapitated body of the victim was deposited in the morgue while the divisional police officer in charge of the area undertook to produce the suspects behind the murder.
Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of the Kingdom of Omor, HRH Igwe Dr. Chris Oranu Chidume condemned the constant kidnapping and killing of Omor natives.
“This continued killing of Ndi-Omor is certainly not a welcome development. I totally condemn it and any well-meaning citizen of Ayamelum should do the same, because it is an evil wind that blows on no one.
“I ask Ndi-Omor to exercise restraint and hand over everything to God, including the investigation. No one should take the laws into their own hands. It doesn’t pay to do it. Let us have absolute confidence in the state government to deliver justice in this case. To the family who lost their breadwinner, I offer my condolences and ask them to rejoice that God is with them, as we continue to hope that the government will do what is necessary.