Phone exposes son who stabbed his father to death for telling him to quit cultism
Chidubem Obelue, 21, has been arrested for killing his father, Pastor Simeon Obelue, a 59-year-old parish pastor of Christ Holy Church a.k.a “Odozi Obodo” in Iwolla-oghi, Ezeagu LGA, Enugu State.
Simeon had advised his son to renounce his membership of the Garga confraternity, a cult group. Chidubem did not take kindly to the advice, and in anger packed out of the father’s house in the church premises on December 4, 2016 and relocated a house he rented for himself.
This effectively set him free from attending the church. Apparently, he also began planning to attack his father.
The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, said on March 11, 2017, about 1.00am, Chidubem sneaked into the family house and passed through the kitchen, where he picked up a knife and laid an ambush for the father.
When the unsuspecting man came out to urinate, Chidubem pounced on him. He stabbed the father in the stomach and ran out of the house. In the haste to escape, the suspect’s cellphone fell from his pocket.
The cellphone assisted the neighbours to track Chidubem down and arrest him. His father eventually died on March 14, 2017. Chidubem confessed to the crime and made a revelation: “My father told me to renounce my membership of a cult group.
I accepted to do so. I joined the cult when I was in JSS 3 at CPS Secondary School in Imo State. In 2013, I went to meet our cult leader and told him that I want leave the cult. I was told to bring two cartons of beer and N5,000, which I did.
I stopped attending their meetings. But they started threatening me, saying that I must not renounce my membership. Chidubem who hails from Oyi LGA, Anambra State said he continued to be pressured by the cult until he killed his father.
“I have regretted my action by killing my father because he advised me to renounce my membership of the cult. I stopped attending my father’s church because he was preaching to me to repent,” he added.