An officer with the Nigeria Army, 50-year-old Joseph Ekpenyong Okon has been shot dead by his older 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. The Sun reports:
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.