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Caretaker kills polytechnic student with saw, plank over house rent

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Anthony Chinweotito Emmanuel, a first-year student of the Department of Building Technology at Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, has died after he was reportedly attacked by a caretaker over house rent.

It was gathered that the caretaker, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time, attacked Emmanuel with a saw and – later – a plank over issues related to non-payment of house rent.

The incident was said to have occurred on Ezinwanne Lodge, one of the off-campus hostels near the Polytechnic in Owerri, on Tuesday.

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According to reports, Emmanuel was hit with a saw blade on his stomach on Tuesday but died Saturday night in a hospital.

It was gathered that the caretaker had locked up the water supply because some students refused to pay the full house rent. The defaulting students had argued that since they did not live in the hostel between March 2020 and January 2021 due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the rent for the period should be discounted.

However, the caretaker wanted his money in full and locked the taps. However, the students opened the tap and fetched water when the caretaker was away.

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When the caretaker came back and saw the tap opened, he cut open the water pipe with a saw, a move which infuriated the students.

The angry students began exchanging words with the caretaker and Anthony was allegedly stabbed by the caretaker, who was said to have also gone ahead to hit the student with a plank.

The caretaker was said to have run away immediately, leaving the student in a pool of blood.

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It took the intervention of fellow students who took Anthony to the nearby hospital where he was rejected until he was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he died on Saturday.

A source at the Nekede police station, who confirmed the incident, said the caretaker is in police net and the case would be handed over on Monday to the State CID for further investigation.

The source said that the police would after investigation charge the suspect to court.

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