A 19-year-old boy has killed his younger brother in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
The suspect, Rilwan Ahmed(pictured) dragged his mother’s four-year old son from another father, Waris Lateef to an uncompleted building near their house where he carried out the dastardly act.
He wrapped Waris’ face in cloth and tied his leg, and left him all alone in the building. Gasping for air and unable to take a breath, Waris later passed on, and his body was found three days after.
A play gone bad, Rilwan told newsmen that he didn’t mean to kill his half-brother but was only playing.
His word: “I live with my mother and stepfather. She gave birth to two of us before my father died and she remarried. She also gave birth to six other children for my stepfather.
“I don’t know what pushed me into what I did to my stepbrother. It was as if I was being propelled by unknown forces. On the fateful day, I asked him to follow me to the undeveloped plots by our residence. When we got to one of the uncompleted buildings there, I placed a piece of cloth on his face covering his eyes, mouth and nose. I also tied his legs. He did not shout so I left him there.
“When I got back home, my mother asked of Waris and I told her to check him outside. When she could not find him, I joined in the search for the young boy. When my stepfather went to the police to report, I remembered that I took someone to a place. I went back to the uncompleted building to bring my half-brother home, but met him dead.
“I quickly threw him into a nearby bush and went back home, afraid of how to break the news to my mother. At a point, I told the people around that if they wanted us to find the missing boy, they should let us cut the bush at the back of our residence. This aroused my stepfather’s suspicion and he went to report my statement to the police. It was when the police were interrogating me that I confessed to my deeds.
“I took detectives to the bush where I dumped my half-brother’s remains.”
The suspect denied insinuation that he killed his brother because his mother failed to return the N700 he kept with her.
“No. I did not keep the money with her, I kept it in my bag and she went to take it. I told her it was my money made from my labouring job but she said the money was not mine, and that she was not going to give it back to me. I was angry with her and said to myself that I would not release her son to her if my money was not returned to me.
“But that was not actually what I had in mind when I took my brother away. My mother did not offend me, neither my half-brother. My stepfather and mother were taking good care of me. I can’t really place what made me commit the act.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Olabisi Okuwobi-Ilobanafor confirmed the story, describing the murder of the little boy as unfortunate. She also said that the law would take its course as the boy would be charged to court after investigations.