By O’star Eze & Uchenna Ezeadigwe
Uneasy calm has enveloped Amaezike, a sleepy village in Agulu, Anaocha local government area of Anambra state following the death of a woman, her brother and her two children within a7-day interval under unusual circumstances.
Orient Weekend gathered that barely a week after Pa Ignatius Ogbodo buried his son, Chukwunonso, and daughter who died under questionable circumstances, the grieving 89-year-old man received the shocking news that a truck had crushed his grandson, named Benjamin, to death near their family house along Agulu – Ekwulobia road.
Pa Ogboo, who looked disheveled and downcast, told our reporters that when he received the news of Benjamin’s death, he attributed it to the enemies of the family and quickly decided to consult a diviner to unravel the cause and source of the development. Unknown to him, death was still lurking in the background. Ogboo returned from the spiritual consultation the following day to discover that his second grandson, Elochukwu, had committed suicide.
The 35-year-old hanged himself on June 8, a day after his younger brother, was crushed to death by a tipper.
Elochukwu, our investigation revealed, was reputed as a drunk and substance abuser while his younger brother, Benjamin was 24 years old.
“I left my house by 5 am to visit a soothsayer in Agulu,” Pa Ogboo continues, “and, on my way back around 8 am, I saw that my home had turned to a marketplace with a large crowd looking on at my grandson, Elochukwu hanging on a rope” he said.
However, a neighbour who craved anonymity, accused Pa Ogboo of being the architect of his misfortune, alleging that he had told the late Benjamin that he wished he (Benjamin) were the one crushed by the truck, instead of Elochukwu, whom he said was more responsible. The source asserted, therefore, it was the suicide’s grandfather that pressured him into taking his life.
According the source, “Benjamin had been a layabout and a notorious drunk in Amaezike village, Agulu and had been the shame of his elderly grandfather. His younger brother, however, was unemployed and dumb.
“as he grieved, he was heard lamenting repeatedly that he wished it was late Elochukwu that was crushed in the tipper accident and not his brother. So, we suspect that Elochukwu took his own life upon discovering that even his grandfather hated him that much” the source said.
The visibly traumatised 89-year-old Ogboo, however, denied uttering such a statement.
Orient Weekend gathered that neighbours woke up early morning of Saturday, June 8, 2019 to behold his lifeless body in a 3-bedroom bungalow under construction.
Another resident who preferred anonymity said the body was dangling from a rope tied to his neck and suspended on the lintel of the building located in their family compound. He said both Elochukwu and his younger brother had a single parent, adding that their mother who later got married had also died.
“They were living with their 89-year-old grandfather and their stepmother is late too,” he said.
Worshippers of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, close to the scene of the incident were said to have surged to the scene from the early morning mass to have a glimpse of the hanging corpse.
When contacted, police public relations officer of the state, Mr. Haruna Mohammed said he was unaware of the incident as he was out of the state. “I’ll get back to you after making inquiries from the divisional police officer, Neni who is in charge of the area,” he said.
Orient Weekend further gathered that barely 24 hours after three persons lost their lives in tipper truck-tricycle accident, another truck on high speed also knocked off another tricycle on the road. According to an witness, the tipper was trying to overtake the tricycle when it knocked the three-tyre vehicle off and sent it flying into a nearby shop. Luckily, the tricycle rider, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, escaped death but with injuries.
Following the incident, tricycle operators have accused the tipper drivers counterpart of incessant intimidation.