by Adeola Balogun
Three men in Lagos have been arrested by police in the state after reports that they were responsible for their brother’s death.
Fatia Osun, 31, Sakiru Osun, 20 and their step-brother, Tunji, 34, were said to have taken the life of their brother, Yusuf, 27, due to a disagreement as regards the proceeds of the sale of their father’s house.
The deceased was said to have been choked to death with a wire on February 27, at Kano street in the Mobile Estate, Satellite Town environs of the state.
The Telegraph reports:
Fatia Osun, who is a Muslim cleric and is popularly known and referred to as an “Alfa”, is alleged to have connived with his younger brother Sakiru, to kill Yusuf so that they would share the entire amount. The late Yusuf Osun was strangled with a 2.5mm wire by Fatia while his other brothers stabbed him.
After the murder, the half brother of the perpetrators and the deceased, Tunji, sent a text message to a neighbour, telling him that Yusuf had passed away. He informed the neighbour that Yusuf had gotten drunk, slipped in the bathroom and hit his head.
However, his story was suspect because Yusuf was a known teetotaller, and suspicious neighbours came to the house and found Yusuf’s body with all the wounds. They alleged that Tunji assisted his brothers in moving Yusuf’s body to the bathroom and cleaning out the sitting room, where the incident had occurred.
At this point, the crowd turned into a mob, and beat up the brothers before informing the police who promptly arrested the brothers. According to neighbours, their late father had willed the house to Yusuf because of long lasting disagreements that he had with Fatia, the eldest over his lifestyle. But, said neighbours also claimed that the men’s father failed to leave a written will behind.
After the death of their parents, Alfa proposed the sale of the house to his brothers but the late Yusuf objected to the sale of the property which was valued at N15 million. Yusuf instead suggested that they rent the house out and move to the boys-quarters because to him, the house was their only hope for long term survival.
His refusal led to a disagreement between with his brothers, which resulted in a bloody fight. It was alleged that in that fighting, his brother, Fatia, stabbed him six times. Yusuf however survived this fight and was admitted to hospital where he recovered after spending almost 3 weeks.
Upon his release from the hospital, Yusuf apparently accepted to sell the house and divide the money as his brothers wanted, so the house was put up for sale. Eventually, a buyer showed interest and offered N15 million.
Upon reaching an agreement with the prospective buyer, the eldest, Fatia, informed his brothers that he was entitled to N10 million of the money, while they would have to make do with N5 million amongst themselves.
The neighbours said that Yusuf had the previous night asked people to lend him N1,000 to go out since he wasn’t comfortable sleeping in their home. A neighbour, Yinka Adewale, said one of the accused and the most senior (Fatia) was also responsible for the death of their late father.
“His plan was to sell the house long time ago, the death of his brother is not surprising to me because his father died mysteriously, so did his mother. He was taking out all those that seemed like a stumbling block to him,” Yinka said.