Published On: Thu, Nov 29th, 2012

Kano Riot: Bodies of 2 Brothers Arrive Nnewi, Anambra


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Following the gruesome murder of two brothers from Nnewi in Hotoro quarters [Kano State], 247ureports.com has received information that the family of the murdered brother hurriedly ‘smuggled the bodies of the two dead brothers out of Kano on Tuesday morning  [November 27, 2012].

It is recalled that the two brothers [Chisom, 18 and Nonso, 21] were shot dead at close range at the Hotoro Quarters located at the outskirts of Sabon Garri town – inside Nasarawa local government council near Taroni. The two boys had come to pay a visit to their mother who resides inside the quarters . They were students of University of Jos.

On deadly day – caused by a riot of mischief – middle aged men who drove on two motorbikes – screaming “Allah is Great” in Arabic language shot Nonso directly on the forehead killing him instantly – and then raining barrage of bullets on Chisom who also died instantly. The men then escaped on their motorbikes – only to return shortly to ‘verify’ the identities of the two brothers. Following their verification, they drove into a nearby Mosque – and entered inside. After a brief stay inside the Mosque – they exited and departed the scene.

Within 10minutes of the gunmen’s departure, the police arrived the scene. At the scene of the crime, eyewitnesses indicates that the police proceeded to collect the corpses of the two brothers onto their vehicle – without questioning the eyewitnesses who had gathered near the area. The police deposited the two corpses at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Hours later, the family of the two boys went to the hospital to identify and claim the corpse.

The police, on its part, failed to launch investigation into the killing. The police department decided not to collect the statement from the mother of the two boys [Mrs Ejikeme] – until on Tuesday November 27, 2012 – three days after the killing. The police came to the grieving mother’s home to collect her statement after pressures were mounted by Ohaneze Ndigbo in Kano State.

Following the statement collection, the community of Umuennem in Otolo Nnewi – thought it necessary to remove the corpses of the two boys from Kano and transport them home immediately to avoid the Police department or the State government from laying claim over the two bodies. The two bodies arrived Otolo Nnewi on the morning of Wednesday November 28, 2012. Burial arrangement are ongoing.

On the part of the Kano State government, 247ureports.com gathered that the Governor dispatched a delegation to visit with the mother at her home. Among the delegation was the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Farouk who indicated that the Kwankwaso administration pledged to support her [the mother] “through these trying times” both financially and morally.

The boys were native of Umuennem, Otolo Nnewi in Anambra State – the sons of Gabriel Ejikeme.  The father had long evacuated Kano state for Lagos following the last riot in Kano – leaving the wife and his 4 children. The name of one of the murdered sons is Nonso Ejikeme and his younger brother. Nonso was a 400 level medical student while his younger brother, Chisom was a 300 level engineering student.

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