The 35-year-old man, Nelson Oamen, who stabbed his own father to death following an argument in Abesan Estate, in the Ipaja area of Lagos State had turned himself to the police.
Oamen, from Edo State, who is currently being detained at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, disclosed on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 that he had smoked four wraps of Indian hemp before committing the crime.
According to him, he committed the act because his father was in the habit of always scolding him adding that his parents had failed in their role.
His deceased 75-year-old father, Sunday Oamen, a retired worker in a company in the Apapa area of the state, who was struck with stroke, was stabbed to death on Friday, September 23, 2015.
The suspect was said to have sneaked into the room where his father usually stayed due to the ailment he was battling and stabbed him with a broken bottle before he covered his corpse with a blanket and ran away with the father’s heart.
The suspect told Punch that he surrendered himself to the police because he lost his peace after killing his father.
He said, “I am the fourth child in a family of eight children. I have had several fights with my dad in the past. There was a time I confronted him that I had been going through a lot of challenges in life and I needed help, but he said I should sit at home and he would be feeding me. I was angry because he wanted me to be dependent on him and I needed to fend for myself.
“My parents knew that I smoke hemp and it sometimes affected my behaviour. They asked me to quit it, and I did for some time. People advised them to take me for medical care, but they said they did not have the money.
“I became addicted to hemp about six months ago. On Thursday night, a day preceding the incident, I had gone to a joint where I smoked four wraps of hemp. I bought each for N50.
“On Friday, around 11am, I was sitting outside the house when I started feeling restless and a spirit told me to go inside and kill my father. I went in through the window and when I got to where he was lying, I stabbed him in the neck and chest.”
He said after committing the act, he ran away because he was overcome with guilt.
Nelson, who dropped out of primary school, denied removing his father’s heart, adding that after killing his father, his eyes became opened.
“The spirit that pushed me to kill my father began to tell me that I will not have rest until I report myself to the police. When I could no longer bear it, I decided to report to the police.
“It is not my fault. Whenever I talk to my parents, they always scolded me. And sometimes, I felt they were not my parents. I killed my father because he always chastised me and because I lost control of my senses.
“If I get out of this mess, I will surrender my life to Jesus. But if not, I resign myself to fate,” he added.
The police would soon charge the suspect to court for the offence, although a police source disclosed that the suspect’s family was becoming hesitant in giving their full support to the prosecution.
He said, “Some members of the family want him to face the consequence of his action, but they are also considering the implication on their mother who had become old and might not want to suffer double tragedies.
“However, the police will prosecute him. It is a straightforward murder case.”