Tragedy struck on Monday in the Umuezeoka Umueze village, Effium community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, as the lifeless bodies of a married man, Ifeanyi Nwokwu, and his mistress, a widow, Mrs Nkechi Ucha, were found in a room in the man’s house.

A source in the community, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity, said the lovers’ corpses were discovered around 8pm on Monday, “Both of them were found dead in the man’s room. The room was locked from the outside. And looking at the corpses, you would understand that they were killed, because there were injuries on their bodies.

“This is a worrisome development as this is not the first time that we are witnessing this kind of incident. Sometime last year, a similar incident happened when armed robbers killed a young man in this same Umuezeoka Umueze community and till now, the perpetrators of this heinous crime have not been brought to justice.”

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that prior to the incident, Nwokwu and another man, identified as Mazi Ozoigbo, were allegedly battling over who would win the heart of the widow.

Some persons, including Mazi Ozoigbo, have been arrested in connection with the incident, while the corpses have been deposited in the mortuary.

The Coordinator of the Effium Development Centre, Sunday Agbo, described the incident as unfortunate.

He called for a full investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of the victims.

Agbo stated, “The incident that led to the death of Ifeanyi Nwokwu and Nkechi Ucha is quite unfortunate. I sympathise with the families over their untimely death in such a mysterious circumstance.

“I also want to urge the people not to take the law into their own hands as security agents have intervened in the matter, even as investigation is in top gear to unravel the circumstances that led to their death.”