A new report by Orient News Daily has shown that the Okoye family in Umuchibu village in Awba-Ofemili, Awka North local government area of Anambra state, has been thrown into grief following a domestic squabble that resulted in the death of their son, Osita Okoye in controversial circumstances.
The embattled mother told our reporters that trouble ensued for the Okoye family after the deceased had a disagreement with an undisclosed cousin over farmland boundary.
“I tried to let him see reasons why the issue would have been resolved within the larger family, instead 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.
“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.
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.
“I plead with the police to release John and allow us to settle it amicably because I cannot stand losing my two sons. 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.
Contacted, the police public relations officer, Anambra state, SP Haruna Muhammed, said that the police could not compound the case of murder, pointing out that the suspect would be arraigned before the court after investigation is concluded.
As at the time of going to press, the deceased’s brother, John was still in police custody in its Achalla division, awaiting investigation while the deceased had been buried pending other burial rites.