In what could pass as a scene from a Nigerian home video, a young man in his early 20s, Uzoma Anyanwu, has allegedly hacked his mother to death for cautioning him against smoking ‘Indian hemp’ or cannabis sativa.
The incident, which occurred at Amagbor Ihittte, in Ezinihitte Mbaise council area of Imo State, has left the entire community deserted for fear of being arrested for questioning by the police.
LEADERSHIP Sunday reports that trouble started when the mother, who was said to be tired of the smoking habit of her son, advised him to quit smoking the banned substance.
But when the child asked his mother to mind her own business, it did not go down well with her, which made the deceased reportedly spit in Anyanwu’s face as he ate.
The act apparently infuriated the son, who went for a machete and inflicted several cuts on his mother until she died.
Obvious of the consequences of his offence, he was said to have fled to the palace of the community’s traditional ruler, Eze Mike Orji, and reported himself. The traditional ruler wasted no time in inviting the police, who immediately whisked him away.
The state police public relations officer, DSP Andrew Enwerem, has confirmed the incident.