By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN – A middle-aged man, simply identified as Phillip Alonge, was reportedly killed by his younger brother, Sunday Alonge, following a dispute over the ownership of some video CDs at Idatto quarters in Uokha in Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State.
Vanguard gathered that, the younger Alonge was said to have inflicted bodily injuries on the elder brother with a machete. He died later at the Nwani Medical centre where he was rushed to.
Wife of the deceased, Mrs. Endurance Alonge, narrated that trouble started when her husband, who worked as a mason, returned from work sometimes ago and discovered that some video cds were missing from his collection.
She said that her husband traced the missing video cds to Sunday, but that attempts by her husband to retrieve the CDs led to fracas between the brothers.
“Attempts by my husband to recover the video cds resulted in a fight between him and his younger brother. This further degenerated into animosity and acrimony between the two brothers and Sunday threatened several times to eliminate my husband at all cost.
“My husband never attached any seriousness to the death threat by his younger brother. But now, he has made good his threat. Now he has turned me to a widow and has ran away,” she added.
An uncle of the victim, Jacob Alonge, said his nephew was murdered in a barbaric manner over a very trivial matter and called on the police authorities to ensure that the man was made to face the law.
Chief Medical Director of Nwani Medical Centre, Dr. Felix Nwani, told newsmen that all efforts to save the deceased yielded no result as he had lost so much blood from the machete cuts before he was rushed to the hospital.
The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of Afuze Police station, Bolanle Murtala, confirmed the incident to Vanguard.
According to Murtala, the suspect had already been arrested and is now assisting the police with their investigation. He said that the suspect will be charged to court as soon as investigation into the alleged murder case was completed.