Whalum Benedict Ochin, a 27-year old Indian hemp farmer, has been remanded to prison custody, the state reports.
The man was jailed by Akure Magistrate’s Court for beheading his friend and roommate identified as Ekon.
Benedict was said to possess committed the act after a brawl over ingredients to place during a soup.
He was also imagined to attack one Blessing Opor with a machete after beheading his friend.
Benedict said he hails from Calabar but came to Ondo State in search of employment and was introduced to Blessing Opor et al. who cultivated Indian hemp.
The incident was said to possess happened on November 29, 2020, at about 6:30 pm at Jungle forest, Ipele, Owo government area.
Both friends were said to be laborers who engaged to cultivate Indian hemp for drug lords at the forest reserve in Ipele.
They lived together after performing on the farm.
Benedict however said he killed his friend during a fracas.
According to him, “I killed my friend, Ekon because he provoked me. We were cooking soup and he visited pluck a leaf he knew would upset my stomach and put it inside the soup.
The defendant reportedly told investigators that he wont to have indigestion anytime he consumed the leaf.
He said the both of them went for his or her cutlasses and commenced to fight with them which made them sustain injuries but he had the whip hand and was ready to hack his friend everywhere his body before he made the last stroke at the top.
Benedict said he packed the top inside one bag and hid it inside the bush so that his crime wouldn’t be discovered.
On why he attacked Blessing, Benedict said he was angry after killing his friend and remembered that Blessing owed him some money.
He said it had been the alarm by Blessing that attracted others to the scene and he was arrested.
Benedict was arraigned on a two-count charge of “murder and attempted murder”.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Uloh Goodluck, said the offenses were contrary to sections 516, 316 and punishable under section 319(1) and 390(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State 2006.
The plea of the defendant wasn’t taken when the charge was read to him.
The blessing was said to escape from the Federal Medical Centre Owo where he was receiving treatment.
Presiding Magistrate, N.T. Aladejana ordered that the defendant remanded in Ondo Correctional Centre pending the result of a recommendation from the office of the Department of Public Prosecution.
The case was adjourned to January 21, 2021, for a hearing.