Family Mourns Nigerian Killed By Cousin In South Africa
Exclusive report by Chidiebube Okeoma
A Nigerian from Imo state, Mr Ifechukwu Odenigbo, was few days ago killed in South Africa by his cousin, Daniel Nsofor aka DC (Declan) Nsofor, over a business deal that went wrong.
The video of how Nsofor killed Odenigbo went viral prompting youths to set ablaze the suspect’s house located in Ubulu community in the Oru West local Government Area of Imo State.
Though normalcy appeared to have returned to Ubulu community in the Oru West local Government Area of Imo State, the dwellers were still discussing the alleged killing of one of their kinsmen, Ifechukwu Odenigbo, in South Africa by his maternal brother, Daniel Nsofor, over an unknown botched business deal.
The killing of Odenigbo in South Africa and the torching of the suspect’s house in the village were still the talk of the town. But the villagers rejected any attempts by anyone perceived as strangers including our correspondent to make them talk about the issue.
However, the victim’s elder brother, Pastor Chike Odenigbo, attributed the murder of his immediate younger brother to devil’s handiwork.
Weeping, the cleric said the incident which jolted both the entire community and the families was ‘regrettable.’
Odenigbo, a pastor with the Winners Chapel (Living Faith Church Worldwide) in Owerri, Imo State, told our correspondent in Amorie village in Ubulu community that Nsofor was the one who introduced his late brother to the business he was doing in South Africa before his death. He added that the victim and suspects were classmates.
“Elochukwu, one of my relations, said my late younger brother, Ifechukwu, had closed for work on that fateful Tuesday and was already in his house when Batista came to call him because he had stood as surety for him for the loan he collected.
“Ifechukwu asked him to pay the people but Batista took offence and based on that they started fighting which resulted in Batista not only using a stone to hit Ifechukwu on the forehead but also pushed him and he fell hitting his head on the ground in the presence of the South African police officers. But my annoyance was that Batista having done that did nothing to assist his brother.
Odenigbo further said his late brother who had been in South Africa for seven years was planning to return home for Easter and was already building a house for himself.
“Ifechukwu was 46 years and had five children; all boys and having been in South Africa for the past seven years, he informed me that he would be coming home during Easter and had already started building a house which he hoped to complete before Easter before his arrival in Nigeria. My reason of coming home is for us to formally inform the community of what happened and what the family wants to do.”
He disclosed that plans were underway to bring back Ifechukwu’s corpse to Nigeria by the second week of March as soon as issues with the South African government were resolved.
He told Saturday PUNCH that their parents had passed and it was unfortunate that his brother was killed by his kinsman over an issue that should have been resolved.
“The is issue would have been resolved amicably without anybody dying. The devil really cashed in on that and did the unthinkable. Our family is mourning. Ofechukwu has a young family.”