David, aged 23, beat his younger brother, Onu, to death following a minor quarrel that had to do with an errand.
The incident took place at Ubia Amaetiti in Amoso Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. It was gathered that their mother, Mary, had sent the deceased on an errand, but he refused to go.
The furious mother reported him to his elder brother, who then descended on him and inflicted bodily harm, which led to his death. A source said: “Last Friday, July 28, a boy called Onu was sent on an errand by his mother but he refused to go.
Eventually his elder brother, David, returned from a journey same day and his mother reported him to his elder brother. “His brother started beating Onu and he fell down. He was rushed to the hospital. The first hospital declined to handle him.
“They then rushed him to another hospital in Owutu Edda, where he was admitted. “The following day, being Saturday, the boy died. The family reported the matter to the Police Station, but the Police directed them to deposit his remains at the morgue.
“Strangely again, the mortuary department of the General Hospital in Owutu Edda rejected the corpse, saying they don’t have chemicals for preserving corpse.
They then took him home for burial, but the Police did not allow them bury him. They later took the body to another mortuary.”
Contacted on phone, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Jude Madu, said he would get back to Vanguard as soon as his office was furnished with details of the incident, but had not done so at press time.