A respected octogenarian and former Director General of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), Mr. Theophilus C. Okere made news recently after allegedly stabbing his 75-year old wife, Beatrice, to death.
Saturday Vanguard visited the sleepy, rural Amafor, Imerienwe community in Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo State to speak with some villagers and get further details on what pushed the former IBC DG to stab his wife of 50 years, a retiree of Imo Polytechnic, to death.
Not many of the villagers met were favourably disposed to discuss the issue with the press.
However, a villager who eventually agreed to speak on strict grounds of anonymity, after much pressure, described the incident as “unbelievable and most unfortunate”
His words: “The incident is unbelievable and most unfortunate. I feel very bad to think that Ndaa T.C, like most villagers fondly called him, stabbed his wife to death.
“I am aware that the couple have lived together for more than 50 years. The family was a model for a lot of us. We all looked forward to living like Ndaa T. C and his wife.
“His wife retired from Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo. She was very pleasing character, very religious and a respected woman leader in the community. She was a leader of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Imerienwe.”
Another story was weaved around the incident. The villagers were overheard, saying that “the man has been suffering from dimentia for awhile”.
Another villager’s words: “Ndaa T. C has been battling with dimentia. I am also aware that his family has been battling to take proper care of the medical condition.
“Those, who arrived the crime scene earlier than myself, told me that the man did not even know that his wife was dead.
We have never witnessed this sort of occurrence in our community, within available memory.
“When Ndaa T. C was asked why he stabbed his wife to death, he simply replied that she was sleeping.
“There is every reason to believe that he was not even conscious of what he did.
“Let me also recall that on one of the recent Sundays, when Ndaa T. C went to church, he announced that his car was missing! But his car was neatly parked in his house.”
A medical journal described dimentia as a disease condition characterised by a decline in memory, language, problem solving and other thinking skills, which affects a person’s ability to perform all activities.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the man’s family had been managing the medical condition for some time.
Another sad incident in the family is that the former IBC-DG’s second son, Emmanuel Okere, died in February this year.
“The young man’s corpse has been lying in the morgue since February, before this unfortunate incident”, the villager said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Orlando Ikeokwu, has not only confirmed the incident to newsmen in Owerri, but also affirmed that the suspect is in their custody and the Command has commenced serious investigation into the matter.
Culled from Vanguard