By CHIDIEBUBE OKEOMA, Owerri
A 27-year-old man, Darlington Ugboaja, was beaten to death at Anara market in Imo state, after a local drug, Methamphetamine, but popularly known as Mkpurummiri, was found on him.
The development has caused panic in the market as traders who out of fear of a reprisal attack from the victim’s kinsmen hurriedly shut their stalls.
A source who did not want to be mentioned, told our correspondent that the victim lost consciousness when some youths were administrating jungle justice on him and he was pronounced dead when rushed to a hospital for revival.
The source said “They saw him coming out from a bunk were drugs are sold. They suspected he had Mkpurummiri in his possession. They quickly searched him and found the substance. They immediately tied his hands to an electric pole and started beating him.
“He lost consciousness and he was rushed to Anara Health Centre but unfortunately there was no doctor on duty. They rushed him to another hospital at Umunachi where he was pronounced dead”.
A kinsman of the deceased, Kingsley Onyewuenyi, told our correspondent that Ezihe community was saddened by the death of Ugboaja.
When contacted, the police spokesperson for the command, Micheal Abattam, told our correspondent that the incident had not been reported at any police station in the state.