A 24-year-old laborer, Sunday Clement, has been ordered by an Akure Chief Magistrate Court to be remanded in the Olokuta Correctional Centre for allegedly beheaded a 30-year-old farmer, Taye Alatoye, while they were on their way to the farm.
Clement was arrested by the Ondo State Police Command for attacking the victim without any apparent reason, leaving him decapitated.
He has been charged with murder and is accused of committing this offense on September 4, 2023, at Baba Odun Camp in Odigbo Local Government Area.
The police prosecutor, Mary Adebayo, cited Sections 316 and 319 of the Criminal Code Law of Ondo State in her case against him and requested his remand pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Clement, who had consumed crystal methamphetamine and marijuana, pleaded for forgiveness during the court proceedings.
“We were both going, and we greeted each other on the road path,” he said.
“The spirit just told me to go backward and I did. All my eyes were blocked and I heard another voice that instructed me to cut the man with the cutlass in my hand, which I did.
“Immediately I did it, I came back to my senses and started crying before I was eventually apprehended by the police, “ the defendant explained.
Chief Magistrate Folasade Aduroja, citing a lack of jurisdiction, refrained from taking Clement’s plea.
In line with the prosecutor’s request, Aduroja then issued an order for the defendant to be remanded in the Custodial Centre. She also instructed the duplication of the case file and its subsequent submission to the DPP for legal advice.
However, the case has been adjourned until November 28, 2023.