A 25-year-old man, Ogobuchi Ogbonna, has reportedly killed his three-year-old stepbrother, Wisdom Ogbonna, at Ndebor Nchoko village, Igbeagu community in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. Ogobuchi allegedly tied Wisdom to a big stone and threw him inside the stream in the area.
The incident occurred on Sunday while the boy’s body was found inside the stream yesterday. Wisdom got missing on Sunday afternoon, forcing his parents and villagers to raise the alarm. A search party was organised by the villagers but to no avail.
But on Sunday evening, Ogobuchi confessed to the family that he was responsible for Wisdom’s disappearance. Wisdom’s father, Amegu Ogbonna, who was shocked about the confession, alerted the villagers.
He said: “Ogobuchi told us that he is the one that killed Wisdom. He asked us to follow him to show us where he kept the body. We went with him to the stream where he threw the boy into.
“We asked him why he killed his brother and he said a spirit directed him to do that, telling him that he will be a messiah in the world. We have reported the matter to the police and they have arrested Ogobuchi.”
Amegu said that the suspect had no mental problem. On his part, the Village Head, Chief Nwamage Uche, said Amegu reported to him that his three-year-old child was missing and he mobilised the villagers for a search party which led to the revelation by the suspect that he was responsible for the disappearance of the boy.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP George Okafor, confirmed the incident. Okafor said the matter was first reported to the Iboko Police Division in the area.
He said: “The matter is to be transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for further investigation.”