On Tuesday, tragedy struck in Okuku, Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, when some siblings allegedly killed their eldest brother, Chinonso Azuatalam, also known as Dakwada, over a dispute over their late father’s money.
Chinonso, a father of two with a pregnant child, was reportedly beaten to death in the compound in front of their maternal uncles, who had come to share the inheritance.
According to a community source who spoke with our correspondent, while the deceased, a welder, was battling with his immediate younger brother, Chibuzor, their twin younger brothers struck Chinonso with a big stick on the back of his head, knocking him out.
Chinonso was rushed to an unidentified hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to reports.
According to the source, the deceased’s pregnant wife was also allegedly beaten up by their niece, Chioma Azuatalam, a serving police officer.
The brothers fled immediately after learning that their eldest brother had been pronounced dead, according to the source.
The niece, according to the source, has been detained by the police.
The source said;
“Chinonso Azuatalam was the eldest son of the family. He had three younger brothers, Chibuzor and the twin boys. They were having serious issues with the sharing formula of their late father’s wealth.
“While Chinonso was insisting that the properties be shared equally, the three other brothers, Chioma and their mother connived to share them without his consent.
“In accordance with Igbo culture, their maternal relations from Agwa in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State were invited. While their uncles presided over a meeting on Tuesday, house, tempers flared.
“The first and second sons started fighting. While the exchange of punches lasted, one of the twins hit the first son with a big stick and he lost consciousness. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“Their sister, Chioma Azuatalam, who is a police officer, also beat the deceased man’s pregnant wife. The brothers ran away on realizing what had happened, but Chioma has been arrested.
“The deceased had two daughters and his wife is heavily pregnant.”
The President-General of the community, Martin Daniel, confirmed the incident on Wednesday.
He said the community was working with the police in ensuring that other casualties would not be recorded.
The community leader added that so far, only the female cop had been arrested over the incident.
The police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed that Chioma had been arrested.
He also said one of the siblings, who hit the deceased with wood, had been apprehended.
“The deceased picked up a knife and threatened to kill his mother. His sister, who is a police officer, called her two other brothers. They came and a fight ensued and one of them hit him with wood. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, where he was pronounced dead.
“Their sister, who is a police officer is in police custody. One of the brothers, who hit the deceased with the wood, has also been arrested.”