I acted in self-defence in killing my cousin, says suspect

A 36-year-old man identified as Chukwudi (surname withheld) who was arrested by the police for killing his cousin (name withheld) has said he acted in self-defense.

Chukwudi, paraded before journalists yesterday by the Delta State Police Commissioner, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, at the police headquarters Asaba, told journalists, “My intention was not to kill him, I acted in self-defense as many of them gathered to kill me,” adding that he had a running quarrel with his family members.

He said that on the fateful day, he was cooking in the kitchen when the victim and other members of the family pounced on him, adding that he tried as much as possible to run, but was caged. “They used sticks and other items on me, they did not want to stop and I acted in defense, I’m begging for forgiveness, too much annoyance is not good, I have learnt my lessons but the police should know the deceased and others were the ones who wanted to kill me”.

But the police boss said that the suspect had a quarrel with his cousin who he killed with a dagger over family land. He added that the suspect during the scuffle stabbed the victim on his lower rib with a dagger and escaped before he was arrested.


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