A hunter has been arrested for shooting members of his family, including a pastor.
According to reports, a hunter identified as Jerome Adoko, was arrested after shooting his wife, mother-in-law and a pastor.
Adoko who hails from Iwewe-Ichama community in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, killed his wife Mrs Regina Adoko, while his mother-in-law Esther Edoga, and the pastor Eze Udoh, are said to be undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital.
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According to Punch Metro, the suspect and his wife had been fighting over ownership of land, with Jerome claiming ownership even though Regina said they had put money together to purchase it.
The couple had simply overlooked the matter till Jerome was said to have confronted his wife, accusing her of cooking an animal he had brought back from hunting, without his permission.
Jerome had attacked Regina, shooting her severally and leaving pastor Udoh injured from the stray bullets that hit him when he tried to intervene.
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A neighbour said:
“Jerome and his wife have an issue over a parcel of land and families of both parties have been trying to sort it out. But he insisted that the land belonged to him. That day, he said his wife cut up and cooked an animal without seeking his consent. He confronted the wife, which led to exchange of words between them. The mother-in-law, who was on a visit to their house, tried to calm them down but to no avail.
He went into his room and brought out a gun he used for hunting. The mother-in-law raised the alarm. The pastor and other neighbours came out to stop him. He wanted to shoot his wife, but the pastor and the mother-in-law were also hit. The pastor later died, while the wife and her mother are still in the hospital.”
Jerome claimed that he had planned to raise some money from selling the animal. The neighbour said:
“But nobody believed that claim. We think he actually used the animal as an excuse to pounce on his wife. He wanted to kill her. Some youths beat him to a pulp before the police came to rescue him.”
Confirming the incident, the Benue state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, said Jerome is currently in detention at the state CID. He said:
“He was almost beaten to death by a mob before the police intervened and rescued him. He is in our custody undergoing interrogation. According to the report we have, he was quarreling with his wife, Regina Adoko, over a parcel of land. He fatally shot one Eze Udoh (the pastor) and wounded one Esther Edoga (the mother-in-law) and his wife. He will be charged to court after investigation.”