By Ikwen Atuaka
A man has been allegedly murdered by loan sharks over inability to pay a debt owed by his brother in Obudu local government area.
The victim whose name was simply given as Gregory sources say was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday last week in Ukwel-Obudu village with rumour mills suggesting that his murder may not be unconnected to the loan sharks whom his brother borrowed money from.
Sources on ground told CrossRiverWatch that the late Gregory’s brother, borrowed the sum of 80,000 Naira from another unnamed man and could not pay, upon confrontation, the victim agreed buying his brother’s debt agreeing to pay within a stipulated time which he failed to meet also.
A meeting was then called where Mr. Gregory was told the sum will be doubled to 160,000 Naira which he agreed only to be found dead a few days later.
No official statement has been issued on the matter with the Police keeping mum over the issue despite arresting the Youth President, his Vice and two Chiefs with speculations that they may have been taken to the State Police headquarters in Calabar.
The Security Adviser to the Obudu council chairman, Chief Patrick Agogo who is also the clan head of Igwo Village, declined comments citing his relationship with the deceased as a factor so he won’t be misinterpreted or accused of bias.
He however posted a photograph of the victim on his Facebook page saying “great grandson of famous Ashikong of Ukwel-Obudu, nephew of Clan Head of Igwo and grandson of Agogo Ukezi of Igwo community murdered in mysterious and cruel circumstances RIP Gregory”.
His death is said to be the second in such circumstances in less than two months in Ukwel-Obudu.
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