Caretaker Allegedly Murders Poly Student Over House Rent

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A student of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Ezinwanne Lodge, Anthony Chinweotito Emmanuel, has been allegedly killed by the caretaker in his hostel over issues surrounding payment of rent, Njenje Media News reports.

According to The Nation Newspaper, Anthony, a first year student of the Department of Building Technology, was hit with a saw blade on Tuesday on his stomach but died Saturday night, February 6, in a hospital.

It was gathered that the caretaker, whose name could not be ascertained, had locked up the water supply because some students refused to pay the full house rent. However, the students who argued that they did not live in the hostel between March 2020 and January, 2021 following the Covid-19 lockdown, later opened the tap and fetch water.

When the caretaker came back and saw the tap opened, he proceeded to use a saw and cut open the water pipe. 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 the pool of his blood. The deceased was rushed to a nearby hospital but he was rejected. He was later taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri where he died on Saturday.

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