Lambert and Racheal Osundu, the siblings who reportedly murdered their younger brother, are currently cooling off in police custody.
The duo were said to have connived with their brother, Ndubuisi Osundu, to kill 20-year-old Chukwuebuka, their youngest brother, whom they accused of being too stubborn.
The suspects, who hail from Umuezealagwu in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, were said to have committed the heinous act on September 14, 2021.
They reportedly told curious relatives that Chukwuebuka travelled to Ghana.
However, community members, who were not satisfied with their response, alerted the police who swung into action.
Upon interrogation, the trio were said to have confessed that they hit Chukwuebuka with a wood and left him to die.
They also confessed to have buried him in a shallow grave behind their compound.
A source from the community, who spoke under condition of anonymity told journalists that, “Chukwuebuka used to be popular among us and he had never hinted us that he would be travelling. When we could not see him and his family could not give enough information, we reported them to the police.”
The Imo State Police Cam and spokesperson, CSP Mike Abattam, confirmed the incident in a starement, on Friday.
He said following credible information, the Commissioner of Police, CP Rabiu Hussaini, immediately dispatched detectives to Ehime Mbano, the alleged scene of the crime.
“On arrival, the command’s operatives based on intelligence, interrogated one Robert Anyanwu chairman of Umuezealagwu Umuduruekwe in Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, and it was revealed that, on 14/9/2021 at about 1200 hour, the Osundu family comprising of Lambert Osundu ‘M’, Ndubuisi Osundu “M” and Rachael Osundu “F” all of Umuduruihiako Umueze ll in Ehime Mbano local government area of Imo State, conspired and beat their youngest brother, Chukwuebuka Osundu “M” aged 20 years to death for yet to confirmed reason(s).
“After killing him, the father of the deceased with the assistance of Ndubuisi Osundu carried the lifeless body to the back of their compound, dug a shallow grave and secretly buried the corpse.
“The command’s operatives with the support of the community were able to arrest two suspects, they are Lambert Osundu and Racheal Osundu.
“Presently, they are undergoing interrogation and have made useful statements that will lead to the arrest of the other family members on the run,” Abattam said.
The CP condemned the killing of the young man in its entirety, and advised members of the public not to take laws into their hands.
He assured residents of the command’s commitment to ensure the safety of lives and property.