The Anambra State Police Command has stepped up action to unravel reasons a middle-aged man identified as Mr. Ndubuisi Emecheta allegedly conspired with his mother to kill his only younger brother, Paul Emecheta, in Ogboakaba Umuluko Village Ukpor, Nnewi South LGA, last weekend.
Sources told DAILY INDEPENDENT that the deceased Mr. Paul Emecheta until his untimely death was alleged to have been killed by hoodlums hired by his elder brother, Mr. Ndubuisi Emecheta, in alliance with his mother who had been supporting the suspect against the deceased over family inheritance.
It was gathered that the suspect and his mother in their bid to cover up their crime to appear as if it were a suicide mission hanged the body of the deceased on the tree with a tiny rope placed on a table under his corpse and started alerting their neighbours and other passersby that the deceased has killed himself by hanging in his room.
Kinsmen of the family told DAILY INDEPENDENT, that the suspect and his mother before the incident had been having running battle with the deceased over inheritance of family properties, lands etc and had been harassing the deceased to the extent that the deceased in order to escape their trouble relocated to a neighbouring town together with his wife and family.
It was gathered that the deceased just came back to pluck his palm tree and vegetables from his farm when he was sighted by the suspect and their mother and they invited hoodlums to hack the deceased to death.
According to them, they started smelling fowl play when on reaching the scene they saw a tiny rope on the deceased neck and a table placed underneath his body and decided to alert the town vigilante operatives who waded in.
Our source said the vigilante group took the two to the Ukpor Police Station for necessary investigation.
When DAILY INDEPENDENT visited Ukpor Police Station, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the station refused to entertain any question on the matter but rather referred us to the Anambra State Police Command Public Relation Officer, Superintendent of Police (SP), Haruna Mohammed, although a source in the station told us that the case had been transferred to the police headquarters at Awka, Anambra State Capital.
Contacted, SP Mohammed said the Anambra Police Public Relation Officer confirmed the incident and promised to contact us after finding out the stage of investigation of the matter but failed to call back as at the time of going to the press.