Eighteen-year-old Akpobome Samuel, accused of killing his mother, Mrs Christiana Samuel by strangulation and sleeping with the corpse at the small town of Ologbo, Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Edo state, has given reasons for the dastardly act.
Samuel, who was among 84 suspects paraded by the police for various crimes ranging from cultism, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, murder and burglary yesterday in Benin, disclosed that he acted on the instructions of a witch doctor whom he contacted for money rituals.
The teenager, who was paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, is the youngest child of the deceased, confessing that he strangled the victim while she was asleep in her residence on Market Road.
He said, “I wanted to use her (Christiana) for money rituals. I strangled her; she was sleeping when I strangled her at about 5am. I was advised by a native doctor in Oghara to kill her. After killing her, I slept with her. The native doctor told me to do so and keep her corpse for two days.
“The native doctor told me to kill my mother and sleep with her corpse. But he did not tell me the number of days to sleep with her. My mother did not offend me. I killed her because of money.”
Akpobome, who said he worked in a sachet water packaging factory in Ologbo, further confessed that he ran out of luck when his grandmother saw her daughter’s lifeless body and raised the alarm, which led to his arrest.
He added, “I could not find a place to keep it (the corpse). As I was about coming out, I did not know that my grandmother was sitting outside.
“When I opened the door, my grandmother sighted the corpse inside the room and raised the alarm that drew the attention of neighbours.”
Parading the suspect, the commissioner disclosed that the crime was reported at the Ologbo Police Station by one Patrick Ogiegbede at about 6am on October 29.