‘Why I Killed My Step Mother’

By Esther Nworie

A 38 year old man, Elom Odio Maduka, has given reasons why he killed his step mother, Mrs. Augustina Odio, accusing her of standing in the way of his progress.
Mr. Odio Maduka gave these reasons when he appeared before an Ebonyi State Magistrate Court sitting in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital for allegedly killing his step mother.
He allegedly committed the mayhem at Amohu village, Ezillo community, in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
It was gathered that the suspect complained that the step mother was appearing in his dream and telling him that she was responsible for his stagnancy and lack of progress in life among other things.
Believing that the deceased, who was his step-mother and who, until her gruesome murder, never had a male child was behind his ordeal; the suspect trailed her to her farm and killed her by giving her several machete cuts on her head and legs.
The accused was arraigned on one count of murder on Thursday evening, before the Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki.
The Police Prosecutor, ASP Mathias Eze, told the court 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 charge read, “That you Elom Odio Maduka ‘M’, on the 12th day of June, 2020, at Amohu Ezillo Community in the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did cause the death of one Augustina Odio “F” aged 50, by giving her machete cuts on her head and legs and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”
The accused was not represented in court by a Defence Counsel, thus no bail application was made on his behalf.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Nnenna Onuoha directed that the accused be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki, while his case file be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for necessary legal action.
She adjourned the case till 15th July, 2020, for report of compliance.

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