The Ebonyi State Police Command, yesterday, paraded a 30-year-old Nwode Chukwudi Awam, for beheading his father, Michael Awam, 56, and eating the victim’s neck at Egwudinagu Obegu village in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Chris Anyanwu, said: “The Ebonyi State Command has arrested Nwode Chukwudi, 30, who hails from Egwudinagu Obegu village in Ebonyi Local Government Area for beheading his biological father.
“The remains of the victim were deposited at the Federal Teaching Hospital, FETHA, mortuary for autopsy.
“When the police went for him, he was waving the machete which he used to cut his father’s head and threatening to kill anybody that gets close to him. He was overpowered all the same.
‘He ate the neck’
“He was seen eating the entire stub of the neck. So when you look at the exhibit, the head doesn’t have the neck even though he did the beheading from the base of the shoulder. You will not see the part of the body that is supposed to be the neck; he ate it up.
“We can say that it is not unconnected with ritual because it does appear that he may have been asked to do such a thing.
“But as I said, he is still undergoing investigation and if the suspect yields, we will discover the real reason behind the dastardly act,” Anyanwu added.
I heard a voice, says suspect
The suspect, who was seen intermittently smiling and looking suspiciously calm, said he carried out the act after he heard a voice which told him to go to his village and kill his father.
His uncle, Mr. Joseph Nwite, said that the suspect had been away from home for over six years, adding “he just came back from Imo State and killed his father.”