A 45-year-old man, Jeremiah Ode, has been arraigned at a Makurdi Magistrate Court on the grounds of cannibalism.
The accused who is an Indigene of Igwe Ochekpo in Oju Local Government Area was caught eating the head of a woman he allegedly killed on her farm.
He is being prosecuted for the gruesome murder of the deceased Priscilla Adoga, 65.
The Prosecuting Police Officer, Inspector Omaye Ujata, told the court that the incident which occurred on Friday, August 19, was reported to the police by Silas Igiri of Oju Local Government Area.
According to Igiri’s report, Ode went to the farm where the victim who is his uncle’s wife was working and killed her using a machete.
After murdering her, he reportedly severed her head, used it in preparing pepper soup and was eating it when he was caught.
Sources in the community told newsmen that when Priscilla did not return from the farm at the normal time, her relatives went in search of her, only to find Jeremiah, known in the community to be mentally deranged, having a meal of the woman’s head.
When asked by the Police to give his account of the incident, Jeremiah reportedly narrated how he and Priscilla fought each other with their machetes until he overpowered her.
The case has been adjourned to November 11, for legal advice from the State Ministry of Justice.