A 26-year-old man named Christian Nweke has been remanded by an Ebonyi State Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
According to reports, Nweke was arrested for beheading a 2-year-old old, after which he drank the blood of the boy.
Nweke carried out this treacherous act while the mother of the boy went to fetch water from the stream.
Punch reported that Nweke was a barber in Onitsha, Anambra State and was allegedly suffering from chest pains, until he was brought to the Church of Christ Mission, Ugbaenyim Ezza, Umuhuali community, in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
When the suspect was asked if he was a ritualist, Nweke said, “No. I’m not a ritualist. Nobody sent me to kill anybody. But I noticed that since the prophetess of this prayer ministry prayed for me, a lot of things have changed and I no longer reason right.”
Nweke is believed to have killed the boy on December 13, 2019.
He was, on Friday, arraigned before the magistrates’ court on one count of murder.
According to Sergeant Sebastine Alumona, who was the police prosecutor, the offence was punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The defense attorney filed for bail, on the assurance that the suspect would not interfere with the murder investigations, however the prosecution opposed the bail.
In her ruling, Chief Magistrate Nnenna Onuoha, said the court lacked the jurisdiction to grant bail on such cases.
The case was adjourned till January 17, 2020.