Cooked Yam Saga: Boy Kills Dad With Own Walking Stick

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An Ebonyi man, Chibueze Iduma, has been ordered remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly killing his father over cooked yam.

The 37-year-old was arraigned on one count charge of murder before an Ebonyi State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Abakaliki, on Thursday.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, told the court that the accused killed his father, Emmanuel Iduma, with his own walking stick in Amaefia Ngbo village in Ohaukwu Local Government Area on December 20, 2019.

The accused reportedly cooked a piece of yam and left it in the house to see a friend in the area, only to return and discover that his father had eaten it.

This reportedly called a disagreement between father and son, during which the father took his walking stick and hit his son.

The younger Iduma allegedly grabbed the walking stick from his father and retaliated, causing his father to fall down and die.

Mbam said that the offence was punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33 Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.

The defence counsel, however, applied for his client’s bail, an application that was rejected by the Chief Magistrate, Blessing Chukwu.

The Chief Magistrate ordered that the accused person be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, and transferred the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for advice.

The magistrate adjourned the matter till February 29, 2020, for the report of compliance.

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