Jerome Adoko, a hunter from Iwewe-Ichama community in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State was arrested by the police for shooting his wife, Regina Adoko, his mother-in-law, Esther Edoga, and a pastor, Eze Udoh.
According to Punch, the dispute over ownership of the piece of land which had been ongoing between the couple without resolution, turned violent last Thursday, January 26, after Jerome accused his Mrs. of cooking his game without permission.
He used the opportunity to launch an attack on Regina, by grabbing his gun and shooting at her. However, his mother-in-law and the pastor who was trying to defuse the volatile situation, were also hit.
“Jerome and his wife have an issue over a parcel of land and families of both parties have been trying to sort it out. But he insisted that the land belonged to him. A relative stated.
“That day, he said his wife cut up and cooked an animal without seeking his consent. He confronted the wife, which led to exchange of words between them. The mother-in-law, who was on a visit to their house, tried to calm them down to no avail.
“He went into his room and brought out a gun he used for hunting. The mother-in-law raised the alarm. The pastor and other neighbours came out to stop him. He wanted to shoot his wife, but the pastor and the mother-in-law were also hit. The pastor later died, while the wife and her mother are still in the hospital.”
The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident, noting that the suspect is being held at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.