Just like Macbeth, in Shakespeare’s play of same name, murdered sleep and could no longer sleep, 22-year-old Ndifreke Joseph Clement, disturbed by sleepless nights and traumatic experiences after murdering his 23-year-old cousin, Ubong Edet, surrendered himself to police six months after the crime.
Clement, a native of Akon Itam, Itu Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom
State, who handed himself over to police at Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, said
he slashed his cousin’s throat after beating him to coma because Edet
slept with his girlfriend in August 2015.
He told Vanguard: “I cannot remember the exact date now, but
it occurred in a 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 beat, wounded and
forcefully 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.
‘We fought for a very long time’
“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. I then
picked my cow-butchering knife and cut his throat, carried his dead 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 I killed
my cousin, I no longer have peace of mind. I am always disturbed in my
mind and dream.”
The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP
Cordelia Nwawe, said the suspect would be arraigned for the court to
decide whether he had any right to take the life of another person.