Palpable fear now grips the entire people of Umoku village in Atta autonomous community in the Ikeduru local government Area of Imo State, following the brutal murder of a fish trader, late Mr Gershom Onwueshiama Amaechi.
The cold murder of the 40-year-old trader by yet unidentified gun men still remains a mystery that would be very difficult to unravel.
Speaking to Christian Voice in a voice laden with anguish, a grief-stricken 70-year-old John Onwueshiama Amadi, father of the victim, gave a howifying account of the dastardly episode that led to the death of his first son and the bread winner of the entire family.
According to Pa John, an elder in the Methodist Church of Nigeria, it was last Tuesday at about 7.30pm when he heard the sound of a motorcycle, popularly called “inaga”, heralding the return of his son from a business trip.
His sons’ wife, Esther who helps in the business was in the kitchen preparing food for the family when he heard gun shots. Pa John asked one of his children to find out what was happening at the gate, only to see his beloved son sprawling in the pool of his blood, riddled with gun shots.
Alarm was raised and the victim was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre (F.M.C.) Owerri where he was certified clinically dead. The old man who spoke grinding his teeth said that ugly incident has brought him very low. On what might be responsible for the dastardly act, Pa John said only God can tell. He said he has rested his case with God.
At his country home Umoku, hundreds of sympathizers and mouners, especially his business partners were seen weeping. One of his business colleagues, Mr Benjamin Dike, a stock fish dealer refused to be comforted as he repeatedly asked, who killed our Gershom?
Commenting on the ugly incident, a retired school administrator in the area, Mr Dennis Anyanwu said the scenario is a mystery that is very difficult to unravel, adding that life is no longer safe in this country.
The presbyter in-charge of Methodist Church, Atta Circuit, Very Rev. Emmanuel U. Agwu said the incident is beyond human comprehension, adding that only God knows why and what was responsible for the dastardly act. While praying for the family, he lamented that just last Sunday the family of late Gershom came for family thanksgiving with friends and relations.
At the Divisional police headquarters Iho, the D.P.O., Police Superintendent A.S Anga told Christian Voice that his command was yet to be intimated on the incident.
He however, expressed shock, adding that his men would do every thing humanly possible to bring the blood-thirsty criminals to justice.
Eye witness account told this reporter that the late trader alighted from the commercial motorcycle and ran into hiskillers who pumped hot leads into his body.