Nigeria: Indian hemp farmer beheads friend over soup

Where do you start with a headline like that…

The Nation reports

A 27-year-old Indian hemp farmer, Owalum Benedict Ochin, has been remanded in prison custody by an Akure Magistrate’s Court for beheading his friend and roommate identified as Ekon.

Benedict was said to have committed the act after a brawl over ingredients to be put in a soup.

He was also alleged to have attacked one Blessing Opor with a machete after beheading his friend.

Benedict said he hails from Calabar but came to Ondo State in search of job and  was introduced to Blessing Opor and others who cultivate Indian hemp.

The incident was said to have happened on November 29, 2020, at about 6:30pm at Jungle Forest, Ipele, Owo Local Government Area.

Both friends were said to be labourers who engaged to cultivate Indian hemp for drug lords at the forest reserve in Ipele.

They lived together after working in the farm.

Benedict however said he killed his friend during a fracas.

According to him, “I killed my friend, Ekon because he provoked me. We were cooking soup and he went to pluck a leaf he knew would upset my stomach and put it inside the soup.

The defendant reportedly told investigators that he used to have stomach upset anytime he consumed the leaf.

He said the both of them went for their cutlasses and began to fight with it which made them sustain injuries but he had the upper hand and was able to hack his friend all over his body, before he made the last stroke at the head.