Gruesome Murder: Tears, curses as US Army buries slain wife butchered by family in Anambra reports that tears and curses today beclouded the scenario at Okpuno-Etiti, Oba community in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state during the funeral service of late Mrs. Nkechi Juliet Onyejegbu who was brutally murdered inside her compound at Oba.

She was hacked to death with machete on Saturday evening, November 6, 2015 by unknown persons suspected to be her husband's maternal relations.

Until her assassination on the fateful day, the late Mrs. Onyejegbu was the wife of Col. Godfrey Onyejegbu, a retired military officer attached to United States, US Army, as well as the Director of Women Affairs at the Idemili South Local Government Area Chapter of Governor Willie Obiano Support Group, WOSG.

Tears flowed freely as she was lowered into her grave at about 1 p.m. in her husband's compound, Oba, shortly after a funeral church service by officiating ministers from the Pentecostal Truth Mission, PTM, Nnewi and the Great Army Intercessors Ministry.

In his sermon, Evangelist Charles Obiagbaoso of the PTM warned that the wrath of God must surely visit her killers, unless they confess their sins and repent, adding that anyone committing such a heinous crime must bear in mind that judgement of God is awaiting them.

Quoting a version of scriptures which states that "Only a fool says that there is no God", Obiagbaoso insisted that anyone indulging in crime is indirectly saying that there is no God, like the fool said.

He vowed that her killers must never go unpunished, both on earth and in Heaven, adding however that her death has served as a liberation for the entire Onyejegbu family.

"God knows that the acrimony in Onyejegbu's family is so deep that a human sacrifice is required to cleanse it. So He sent Nkechi all the way from Onicha Igboeze in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi state to come and many in Oba so as to shed her blood for the liberation of the family, like a sacrificial Lamb and henceforth, Onyjegbu's family will never witness rancour again in Jesus' name. Amen".

In a brief chat with newsmen, her bereaved husband, Godfrey, said he was disgusted that after all his petitions to both the state government and the police authorities both in Anambra state and Abuja, no tangible thing had been done to fish out all the culprits, except only one person who is now in prison custody.

He recalled that the acrimony had started some years ago when he was in the military service in US and was sending money home to his maternal relations to build his house but that after sending upto N42 million and the house was yet to be completed, the late Nkechi left her base in Lagos and rushed home purposely to supervise the building project until it was completed, which might have pitched her against his maternal relations, leading to their wanting her dead.

He said he has however taken a solace by the appearance of his late wife to him in a vision where she told him to stop crying, take her death behind him and leave the fight against her killers for her.

Her bereaved mother, Mrs. Okoro who spoke to newsmen amidst tears, called on the security authorities to intensify more investigation by arresting some of the principal suspects who are still walking about the streets of Nigeria.

Chief Jude Emecheta, the state chairman of Willie Obiano Support Group, WOSG; Lady Ifeoma Nnagbo, WOSG's state Director of Women Affairs and Arthur Obiora, Deputy National President of the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said they missed her so dearly and urged the husband and other bereaved family members to bear the loss with fortitude. 

From Suzy Oruya, Onitsha
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