The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a young man, who allegedly killed his mother, Mrs Charity Orji, and his sister, Miss Ukamaka Orji, and buried them in a shallow grave in their backyard.
The suspect identified as Somadina Orji from Igboariam in Anambra State was said to have committed the offence on Monday, December 4, 2023, at Umuagu Inyi, in the Oji River Local Government area of Enugu State.
According to various reports and video of the incident, the late Charity a native of Inyi but married in Igboariam, Anambra State had been in her family house with her Children for some years.
Unfortunately, her son who reportedly deals in hard drugs and has been having issues with her over his behaviour for some time decided to kill her.
A community leader in Inyi, Mr Ben Obi, who spoke to some journalists however, stated that the problems started weeks ago when the suspect had an issue with the younger brother. He wanted to hit him and the mother stopped him and reported to the kingsmen to come and chase him away from the house because he wanted to kill the younger brother.
Meanwhile, the younger sister has been missing for two weeks before he had the problem with the mother.
However, Ben further explained that the mother went for a condolence visit at Akpugoeze and upon her return in the afternoon, the son, Somadina, killed and buried her in a shallow grave at their backyard.
He said that when the younger brother came back and was looking for the mother, he suspected something and raised an alarm.
“When the villagers gathered at the compound upon interrogation, Somadina confessed that he had killed the mother.”
He also confessed that he killed the younger sister some weeks ago. Barrister Ben also said that when the police were invited, the remains of the mother and of the sister were exhumed and deposited at the mortuary while the suspect was arrested.
Ben also explained that Charity, until her death, was a hustling woman who sells fufu to feed her family.
Lamenting the high use of hard drugs in the Community, Ben said that the absence of governing bodies in the community such as the traditional ruler, town union and president-general to help the government in checkmating the use of hard drugs led to the incident.
He called on the government to come to their rescue to avoid issues like this in the future.
Also condemning the act, the coordinating president-general in Oji River, Mr Ejike Tasie, said the use of hard drugs in the Inyi Community is alarming, calling on the anti-drug agency in Oji River to help them to check the use of these drugs in their various communities in the local government.
Confirming the incident Our correspondent on Sunday, the Command’s spokesperson DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said the suspect had been arrested and an investigation was still ongoing.
Ndukwe said that immediately after the investigation is concluded he would be arraigned in court.
“The suspect has been arrested and the case is under investigation. The suspect would be prosecuted once investigations are concluded.”
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