Feb 4, 2016 – Picture: Man Surrenders To Police 6 Months After Killing Cousin In Akwa Ibom, Ndifreke Clement Confesses
Worried by sleepless nights and traumatic experiences after murdering his 23-year-old cousin, Ubong Edet, a 22-year-old man, Ndifreke Clement, has surrendered himself to the police in Akwa Ibom State. Clement, who hails from Akon Itam in Itu Local Government Area of the state, surrendered himself to the police six months after allegedly committing the crime.
The suspect said yesterday that he slashed the throat of his cousin after beating him to a state of unconsciousness. Clement, who resides at Mbiatok Itam, Itu, said he decided to slash Edet’s throat after a serious fight for allegedly having carnal knowledge of his girl-friend on that ill-fated day in August 2015.
The suspect claimed he did not have peace of mind ever since owing to nightmares and other disturbing experiences hence, the decision to hand himself over to the police. He said: “I cannot remember the exact date now but it occurred at night in August 2015 in the one room apartment we shared.
On that day, I returned from work to meet the door locked. I knocked on the door and waited for over five minutes before my cousin could come to open the door. “When I went into the room, I saw my girlfriend weeping and blood running from her nostrils. I asked her what happened and she said Ubong came and beat and wounded her and forcibly had sex with her.
“But after opening the door for me, Ubong went away and did not come back until very late in the night. When I asked him why he did what he did to my girlfriend, he started punching me and I retaliated. “We fought for a very long time before I could subdue him and then, I picked my cow-butchering knife and cut his throat. I then carried his body and dumped it in the bush very close to the house and threw the knife into the pit toilet. “I have brought myself to the police even when nobody knew that I killed him.
I have come to plead for forgiveness because since when I killed my cousin, I no longer have peace of mind. I am always disturbed in mind and in my dreams.” The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe, said the suspect would be charged to court. According to him, the court will decide whether Clement has any right to take the life of another person.