By Achike Uchenna, Owerri
The husband the late Bridget Agbahiwe, who was murdered by youths in Kano State for alleged blasphemy, Pastor Mike on Monday gave a chilling account of how his wife was clubbed to death in his presence.An indigene of Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government of Imo State, the widower who visited Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha at the Government however disclosed that his wife was not beheaded as widely reported in the media.
He said that his wife was gruesomely murdered in his presence while he escaped death by the whiskers,Â adding that the attackers were out to kill him and the wife.
Narrating the incident, he said, â€œOne Muslim man called Dauda came to my wifeâ€™s shop and was washing his leg in front of the shop. My wife told the man to move up a little so that she could arrange her goods, but the man refused.
â€œInstead, the man started to molest her, and gripped her neck. In trying to free herself from the grip, Dauda started shouting Alakuba, and angry mob quickly gatheredâ€.
He continued, â€œWhen we saw that danger was about to occur, we ran and took refuge in the house of a prominent Alhaji, who is a leader in the area. The Alhaji did all he could to calm the mob down. They refused and called him an infidel, and broke into his house and killed my wife in front of me.
â€œAnd if not for the quick intervention of the Police who immediately used teargas to disperse them, they would have also killed me. But they destroyed everything I had both the shop, the car and so on.
â€œThe head of my wife was never beheaded. But the hitting was on her head and with hard objects. The body of my wife is in the mortuary with the head. She was not beheaded as it was widely reported.â€
In his response, Okorocha described the murder of Bridget as “highly provocative, barbaric and the highest wickedness of mankind”.
He assured Agbahiwe that the Imo State government would share with him and the family in their moment of grief.