A warrant officer with the Nigeria Army, 50-year-old
Joseph Ekpenyong Okon has been shot dead by his
elder brother. The suspect was said to have taken the
action as a way of protesting against the deceased’s
decision to marry a new wife. This has led operatives of the Department of Criminal
Investigation, Rivers State Police Command to arrest
the 60-year-old suspect, Okon Ekpenyong Okon who is
now helping with investigations into the incident. The
victim and suspect are from Ono Ito Odukpani area of
Akwa Ibom State. Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry
Fadairo, who confirmed the incident, told Saturday Sun
that the Army officer was killed on January 24,
following his decision to marry another woman
identified as Ruth. It was gathered that the late warrant officer had
earlier got married to a Liberian woman who now
lives in Ohafia, Abia State, as his first wife. “When the deceased went back to his base in Akwa
Ibom, the elder brother, Okon Ekpenyong Okon with
other family members wanted to park out the luggage
of the new wife. They abused her and this prompted
her to call her husband to inform him of the threats
from his family”, the police boss disclosed. As a result, the deceased was said to have rushed to
Cross River State to settle the dispute. Rather than the
conflict being resolved, both brothers ended up in a
scuffle. It was further gathered that on the fateful day, the
warrant officer was relaxing on a sofa waiting for his
dinner around 10.00pm after the elders in the family
had settled the dispute between the two brothers
when suddenly the suspect, Okon allegedly hid in a
nearby uncompleted building, from where he reportedly shot his younger brother in the forehead,
as a result of which he died instantly. The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the
State CID, Mr Ganiyu Salami said that the incident was
immediately reported at Atan- Eki police station
before the case was transferred to the SCID. He said the police have recovered the dane gun used
by the suspect to shoot his brother. The suspect told
Saturday Sun: “I shot him over his decision to marry
a second wife because we have been having conflict
over the issue for sometime. Whenever we quarrelled
over the issue of his second wife, my late brother will break my dane gun and after that he would promise
to buy another gun for me.” He said he had to flee from the scene of the crime
same night but the youths in the community chased
him and arrested him before handing him over to the
police. “It was the devil that used me to kill my brother. I
want my family to forgive me”, he added even as CP
Fadairo stated that the suspect, will soon be charged
to court.