An Ebonyi State Magistrates ’ Court , on Friday, remanded a 26- year – old man , Christian Nweke , in a correctional facility for beheading a two -year – old boy , Onyedikachi Nwali .
The suspect, reports gathered, allegedly beheaded the two – year – old boy and drank his blood , while the mother went to fetch water from the stream.
It was learnt that the suspect , who confessed to the crime , 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, where the boy and his parents were seeking spiritual help .
Asked if he was a ritualist or sent to kill and suck the blood of the boy for money rituals , the suspect 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 . ”
It was alleged that the suspect committed the crime on December 13 , 2019 , at the premises of the Church of Christ Mission , Ugbaenyim Ezza.
He was , on Friday, arraigned before the magistrates’ court on one count of murder.
The police prosecutor , Sergeant Sebastine Alumona , said 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 applied to the court that his client be admitted to bail as he would not interfere with lawful investigation into the matter.
Alumona , however, opposed the bail application and told the court that the suspect would jump bail and interfere with investigation into the matter.
In her ruling , Chief Magistrate Nnenna Onuoha, said the court lacked the jurisdiction to grant bail on such cases .
She directed that the accused be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre , Abakaliki , while his case file should be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for advice .
She adjourned the matter till January 17, 2020, for the report of compliance.
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