Sunday, 2 November 2014

Son gives Father acid to drink so he can inherit his property

The late Sunday Obi (pictured) who was allegedly killed by his son, Ikechukwu

The Obi family in Warri, Delta State has been torn apart by a case of murder after its patriarch, Sunday was allegedly killed by his own son, Ikechukwu.

The trouble was said to have started when Mr. Obi, a former staff of Chevron, was served breakfast on May 23, 2014 but instead of water, he was given acid to drink.

His wife, Dora narrated the incident to Vanguard saying that she suspected the victim’s son of murdering his father so that he can inherit the latter’s wealth.

She said:

“We woke up that morning; and I made him (husband) breakfast before I left for church. While in church, I received an urgent call from his last son, Ikechukwu, that I should come home, that my husband had been rushed to hospital.”

“When I tried to find out what actually happened to him, Ikechukwu said he drank acid. At the General Hospital Warri where he was rushed to, we were referred to Delta State University Teaching Hospital (DSTH), Oghara where the doctors said the case was beyond them. We were again referred to University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) when they could not handle the case. He died four days later at the UBTH and has not been buried.”

“Ikechukwu was the only one at home with him when the incident occurred. I was told that when my husband was eating, he asked for a cup of water and he was served with acid instead of water.”

“I was told that Ikechukwu allegedly confessed that it was one of his siblings who brought the acid, claiming it was drug and that he did not know that it was acid before giving it to his father as water. The motive of the action was probably as a result of his wealth. He did not offend them in any way; they wanted him to die so that they will inherit his wealth”

The victim’s daughter, Esther told her account of what happened when she learnt of her father’s “accident”

“I hurriedly dressed up and, on getting to the hospital; I was dumbfounded on what I saw. Already, my mother and brothers were there and, when I asked what happened to him, Anayo said that it was Ikechukwu that gave him acid to drink and that he had reported the incident to the police at A Division who later came to the hospital to interrogate my father”, she said.

“When the policemen left, I asked my father why he should drink acid, and he said that he asked for water and he was served with acid; he said that he did not know it was acid and that it was Ikechukwu who gave him. I observed that the mouth and chest were burnt.” she added.

Three suspects, including two sons of the victim, Ikechukwu and Anayo, have reportedly been arrested in connection with the death and investigations are still ongoing.

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