By Nwogha Ndubuisi Andy and Okereke Wilson Ogbonnaya
It was a black Friday evening for the family of Sunday Ali, a native of Ezza Effium in Ohaukwu Council Area, Ebonyi State whose son, Late Master Ndubuisi Ali, 16 allegedly hit his head on a pavement and died while running away from his elder brother whose food he ate.
Narrating the mysterious experience, the deceased father, Mr. Sunday Ali said on the fateful Friday 15th May, 2020, his son fell down while running at their parlour but effort to resuscitate him to life was futile.
The bereaved father said he was eating inside their apartment when the deceased suddenly stumbled on one of their chairs, hit his head on the floor and died.
“This incident happened right under my nose as the boy’s leg got entangled with part of our upholstery and before we could raise him up from the floor he had stopped breathing.
According to him, “What happened was that one of my sons fell inside parlour and with the help of the elder brother, we rushed him with motorcycle to the hospital, but despite medical personnel’s effort to resuscitate him to life failed.”
“I was thinking that Master Ndubuisi was in a state of unconsciousness until we arrived at the hospital where he was confirmed dead.”
“All the medical personnel on duty did their best including testing which they told me he had wound in his brain but was confirmed dead at the end.”
The deceased father explained that after his son’s death, he was arrested and taken to Central Police Station Abakaliki along Ogoja-Enugu Highway where he passed the night behind the bar, prompting his eldest son to run away from being detained.
“I was arrested which for fear of being detained too, my elderly son ran away.
“I was taken to Central police station Abakaliki, and I spent my night behind the bar until morning when my people came for my release for me to go bury my dead son but I can’t tell if I was granted bail or not.
Speaking with the Landlord’s son, Mr. Okemini David, while confirming the report hinted that the ugly incident happened around 7pm, stating that he was informed of the tenant son’s death which all efforts to save his life was in vain.
Our reporter who visited the area was told by a resident, Mrs. Ijeoma Nwegbudu that on the fateful day, the brothers had a misunderstanding believed to be connected with struggle over food and out of anger, the accused person pushed Master Ndubuisi against the wall.
She said that before the boys’ parent, Mr. Sunday Ali fondly called “Monga” who was in their parlour during the fight could utter a word, the victim had already fallen on the floor motionlessly and immediately Ndubuisi was rushed to a Private hospital within the area where he was confirmed dead by a doctor.
According to her, after Mr. Sunday, an indigene of Ezza Effium in Ohaukwu LGA had seen the gravity of the loss, he moved to Central Police Station (CPS) where he reported the matter to the officers.
“It was around 7-8pm that sorrowful day that I got information that one our tenant’s son that his brother was pursuing him for eating food made for him and he hits his head on the pavement. I learnt that, immediately that happened, his father who was inside their room and neighbours rushed him with motorcycle to the hospital but he didn’t make it.
He frowned at the action of men of Neighbourhood Watch who according to him visited the scene and extorted some money from them before the police detained the deceased father.
Reacting to the incident, Member Representing Abakaliki North in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Franca Okpo consoled the family for the irreparable loss but advised them to consult the Doctor on duty to know the true cause of the boy’s death by carrying out an autopsy.
The lawmaker assured them of getting State Government palliative material when distribution kicks off but warned against crowding their house amidst the Covid-19 scourge.
Meanwhile, Our Reporter learnt that the accused son who allegedly was playing with the late Ndubuisi asking he must provide his food is still at large as at the time of filing this report.
Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Loveth Odah told us that after the incident, Mr. Sunday went and reported the matter at CPS and according to his statement, police were told that the victim inadvertently stumbled inside their house and died.
She added that based on the fact that there was no other person who came up with different or contradictory version about the problem, police classified it as Sudden and Unnatural death (SUD).
We gathered that Mr. ThankGod had been on the run after the incident had occurred.
The bereaved parents are apprehensive over his whereabouts perhaps he might have taken his own life.
We learnt that other residents of the same compound including the landlord’s who were arrested in connection to the incident had been released.