Man Kills Stepmother over Alleged Witchcraft


One Elom Maduka, 38, has been remanded in a correctional facility by the state Magistrate Court for allegedly killing his stepmother, Mrs Augustina Odio at Amohu village, Ezillo community, in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that the suspect had earlier complained that the victim was appearing in his dreams and telling him that she was responsible for his lack of progress.

The suspect trailed her to her farm and dealt several machete blows to her head and legs.

The accused was arraigned on one count of murder.

The charge read, “That you, Elom Odio Maduka, on June 12, 2020, at the Amohu Ezillo community in the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did cause the death of one Augustina Odio, 50, by inflicting machete cuts on her head and legs, thereby committing 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 counsel, thus no bail application was made on his behalf.

He was directed to be remanded in the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Abakaliki by the Chief Magistrate Nnenna Onuoha while his case file should be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state for necessary legal action.

She adjourned the case till July 15, 2020, for report of compliance.


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