- A 45-year-old man from Benue state, Nigeria is facing a Makurdi court for cannibalism
Jeremiah Odeh of Igwe Ochekpo in Oju Local Government Area, who was caught eating the head of a woman he allegedly killed in his farm, has been arraigned in a Makurdi court for the gruesome murder of 65-year-old Priscilla Adoga.
Inspector Omaye Ujata of the prosecution told the court that the incident which occurred on Friday, August 19, was reported to the police by Silas Igiri of Oju Local Government Area.
According to Igiri’s report, the accused went to the farm where his uncle’s wife, Priscilla, was working and verbally killed him.
After cutting off Priscilla’s head, he made pepper soup with her there and was eating it when he was caught.
Community sources told reporters that when Priscilla did not return from the farm at the usual time, relatives went to look for her, only to find Jeremiah eating the head of the woman, known in the community as a mental disorder.
When asked why he did that, Jeremias said that he started only with his head, then he would go to his body.
When the police asked him to recount the incident, Jeremias allegedly told how he and Priscilla fought each other with the machete until he was overpowered.
According to the Benue Stateflash blog, “The police thought the matter was too normal to be that of a madman and therefore decided to follow him.
“Although the prosecutor told the court that the accused confessed to having committed the crime, no charges were accepted due to lack of jurisdiction.”
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Soko Regina Alagh, ordered the accused to be sent to the Federal Correctional Centre, Makurdi.
Although the court denied jurisdiction to try the case, the accused pleaded guilty when the case was mentioned.
The case has been postponed until November 11 to receive legal advice from the State Department of Justice, he said dailypost.ng.