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Man who stabbed father to death in Lagos says evil spirits pushed him

Nelson who is allegedly known as a drug addict says that the devil pushed him into committing such an abominable act.

Nelson Oamen, the 34-year-old man who stabbed his 74-year-old retired father, Ehimeren Oamen, to death, ripped out his heart and escaped at the family's Abesan Estate, Ipaja, Lagos on Friday, September 18, 2015.

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Nelson who is allegedly known as a drug addict, has told police detectives at the State Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, that the devil pushed him into committing such an abominable act.

Suspected to be a drug addict, Oamen a primary school drop out, gave himself up to the police two weeks after the murder and in his confession, said he was under the influence the influence of marijuana at the time he killed his father, though he blamed his parents for not giving him enough home training, and that he hated them for always putting him down.

He further told the police that spirit of his late father would not let him have peace, hence the decision to come out of hiding and surrender to the police.

“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.

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,” the now remorseful murderer concluded.

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