A man identified as Chibueze Iduma has been remanded in prison custody by a Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, for allegedly killing his father, Mr. Emmanuel Oba Iduma, during an argument over cooked yam in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Chibueze was said to have cooked a piece of yam on December 20, 2019, left same in the house to see a friend, in the area, only to return to find that his father had eaten the cooked yam.
The two started quarreling over the cooked yam and the father hit the son with his walking stick; and in retaliation, the son hit him back, he then fell down and died.”
Chibueze was arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court on one count of murder, on Thursday.
The Police Prosecutor, Inspector Chinedu Mbam, told the court that the offense was punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.
The charge read, “That you Chibueze Iduma ‘m’, on the 20th day of December 2019, at Amaefia Ngbo village, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area, under the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did unlawfully cause the death of one Emmanuel Oba Iduma ‘m’, by hitting him with walking stick and thereby committed an offense punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The Chief Magistrate, Blessing Chukwu, said the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.
She, therefore, directed that the accused person be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while his case file should be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state, for necessary advice.
The matter was adjourned till January 29, 2020, for report of compliance.