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Murder: Man in police net for killing sibling after mother was assaulted, stripped naked - ITREALMS Online

John Okoye, 28 and indigene of Umuchibu village in Awba-Ofemili, Awka North local government area of Anambra State, is now in police net for killing his elder brother, Osita Okoye, 32, who reportedly beat-up their mother and stripped her naked over family land squabbles, reports ITRealms.

Osita, ITRealms gathered, was a farmer and first son of the family was allegedly murdered during a confrontation by his younger brother, John, 28, in self-defense, for purportedly beating and stripping their mother naked over land dispute with a cousin, for her intervention.

Their mother, Mrs. Joy Okoye, 58, confirmed to correspondent that trouble started in her family when the de­ceased (Osita) had a disagreement with a cousin whose name could not be ascertained at the time of going to press, over farmland borderline.

“After cook­ing on that fateful night, I was in­side the house resting when Osita returned home. After his bath, I offered him food but he asked me to forget about the food because he had a more pressing issue to discuss with me. He said he had a misunderstanding with one of his cousins from my family over a land mark and that he reported the case to security agents (vigilante).

“I tried without success to let him see reasons why the issue would have been resolved within the larger family (kindred), instead of involving security men for his cousin brother. That was how he erupted and branded me unprintable names. He even asked me to leave his presence.

“He raised his voice but I tried to calm him down because it was late already, around 10pm. I went to lock the door just not to let out our discussion to neighbours but he went after me and flung the door wide open. I also explained why he should not fight with his cousin over the land. The explanation did not go down well with him.

“Before I could sit down, he slapped me and tore my dress. I ran to the back yard to get a cover for myself. It was in the process that my second child [John] came to my rescue. John tried to pacify him to no avail and questioned the rationale behind beating me. He [John] told him it was late already and that he should stop disturbing other neighbours. But instead of listening to him, he (the deceased) ran into the house and collected knife to fight his brother.

“I tried to hold him back not to fight his brother with the knife, he collected the torch which I was holding and struck it against the wall and pounced on his brother, hitting him with the object twice in quick succession. John defended himself by forcefully snatching the knife from him, which led to a fatal injury that eventually claimed his life after he had bled profusely with no vehicle available to rush him to hospital.”

The distressed mother, who condemned the deceased’s hot temper and stubbornness, said that if he had not resorted to retaliatory actions the unfortunate incident would not have happened, noting that it was difficult to separate him whenever he fought.

While appealing to the Anambra state government to intervene in the matter by asking the police to release her son, John, and allow them to settle the case amicably within the family.

“... John and Osita are my only children. So, John is now my only possession. Now that he is in police custody, no one is giving him food and there is no transport fare to go see him. What will I be living for again and none of them is married; their father died some years back”, she bewailed.

The police public relations officer for Anambra state, SP Haruna Muhammed, confirmed the incident and said that the police will arraign the suspect, John, before the court after investigation is concluded for alleged murder.

As at press time, John was still in police custody in Achalla Police divi­sion, awaiting investigation while the deceased had been buried pending other burial rites.

Speaking to ITRealms on the matter, the traditional ruler of Awba-Ofemili, HRH Ezekwesili Maduagwuna confirmed the incident but said the Police is handling the case, reiterated the report by their mother that Osita’s death resulted from self-defense by John.

He also lamented that the community health centre if functional should have bridged the bleeding and the death should have been averted. He assured that efforts are being made for the rehabilitation of the health centre for optimal function.

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Pix: Mrs. Joy Okoye, mother of the deceased, Osita Okoye. courtesy, OrientDailyNews.com.ng

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