A 24-years-old man arrested for killing his 19-year-old girlfriend has refused to marry her corpse after initially agreeing to the plan.
Saliu Ladayo allegedly stabbed Nwamma Confidence Chidiebere to death last year May, for calling him a ‘Lazy Nigerian Youth.’ He later blamed the devil for his actions, saying he was under a spell when he killed the girl.
Ladayo was arrested and sent to Olokuta prison in Akure, the Ondo State capital in 2018.
Following his arrest, the family of the late Chidiebere insisted that Ladayo must marry her corpse, warning him that if he refuses to do so, his family members would not exceed her age at the time of her death. The family said:
“You must follow us to our state, Imo, where the wedding will be carried out like a normal wedding, with wedding gowns, rings and even the payment of bride price before she could be buried.“
The suspect was said to have agreed initially to the traditional rites arrangement but later changed his mind. A family source said:
“He is a Yoruba boy and the Igbo culture is probably strange to him.”
The mother of the deceased, Mrs. Lovelyn Nwamma said:
“We have asked them to bring money to perform the rites without them but they have not shown up, while the corpse of our daughter has been lying in the mortuary for eight months.”
The case is pending in court and will come up on January 15, 2019.