Ebonyi State Police Command, penultimate weekend arrested one Ikenna Ogbonna Ota, for allegedly stealing a female cow worth of two hundred thousand naria.
It was gathered that the cow belonged to his neighbour, Mr. Agbo Thomas and was presented for the burial of his late father’s in-law in Ebia Unuphu Community in Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The suspect was arrested at Azuoto Okpuitumo Community in Abakaliki Local Government Area, by a joint police officers, after the cow owner Mr. Agbo had confirmed his ownership of the said cow.
Agbo who spoke to newsmen said he was on routine check on the cow prior to the day of the neighbor father inlaw’s burial and surprisingly didn’t see the cow where it was tied.
According to him, he searched for the cow on the following day but all efforts to recover it proved abortive, adding that he preceded to Ebia Unuphu Community at the family of Okemini Oyibe, where he later saw the cow tied in the midst of Fulani cows.
He said he later informed the bereaved family and parents of the suspect, where the both parties resolved that the cow would be taken back to Azuoto Okpuitumo on the same day.
Mr. Agbo alleged that the suspect had stolen about four mother goats, iron rods among others from his compound.
Upon interrogation by the police, the suspect Ikenna Ogbonna Ota claimed he didn’t steal the cow, rather he bought it from one Mr (No Time) inside bush at Azu-ebonyi, Amachi Unuphu, neighbouring village to Azuoto Okpuitumo with the sum of one hundred and ten thousand naira (110,000) in the same Abakaliki LGA.
The suspect revealed that he earlier bargained for bull from the alleged seller (No time), later he gave him female cow and he had no option than to collect that one because of time.
It was further gathered that the parents of the suspect, had earlier contributed money and gave it to their son to buy cow for the burial and showed them but chosen to do otherwise.
All effort to reach Ebonyi State Police public relation officer PPRO proves abortive as at the time of filing this report.