Elisha Tari, a 25-year-old man, has given explanations for why he killed two of his children and was apprehended by the Adamawa State Police Command.
Tari, a native of the Himike village in the Michika Local Government Area, was detained on Thursday, August 18, for the fatal stoning of two of his children, ages 3 and 5, respectively.
On Monday, August 22, Tari was paraded before newsmen. While fielding questions, the accused, who is a traditional musician, confessed to brutally murdering his victims.
"I smoke indian hemp, drink alcohol and inhale snuff. I do not in any way take tramol or any other hard drugs.'' he said
TarI stated that his wife and the mother of the deceased children left their matrimonial home over 2 months ago, and that all efforts to make her return proved abortive.
According to him, he went to his in-laws on several occasions to persuade their daughter to return home, but his in-laws denied him access to his wife and instead kept on deceiving him.
He said the deceased children came to meet him on that fateful day while he was cooking, and he asked them, "When is your mother returning back home?"
He said that he also asked them to say "God", but instead, they said "fire" and kept saying "fire, fire, instead of God."
"I became irritated and provoked by their action as a result which I picked up stones and hit them on their heads to death" Tari said
He claimed he has a psychological problem, and was once tied with chains because of a mental disorder.
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