A witness, Alkali Allahnanan, testifying against Moses Okoh, an alleged ritual killer, told the Plateau State High Court how he was nearly killed by the accused as he fled from security officers.
The 20-year-old University of Jos student is on trial in a Jos High Court for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Jennifer Anthony.
Okoh was also accused of removing Anthony’s eyes and other body parts.
Allahnanan, a security guard at Nyanya Motor Park, Abuja, during his testimony told the court how he apprehended Okoh as he tried to flee to Lagos.
He said: “On January 6, I was standing guard at the Motor Park around midnight when Okoh came in a taxi asking to hire a vehicle in Lagos.
“I told him to go back and come in the morning because there was no vehicle, but he begged me to sleep in the premises, but I refused.
“He left and came back around 2 a.m. asking where to eat.
“He went to a store where they sold noodles to eat, but I followed him because I started to suspect him of being a thief.
“I was trying to get him out of the place when he tried to grab the stick I was holding to kill myself with.
“He was very strong and almost made it and I started screaming for help.
“Drivers who were sleeping in their car came to my rescue and overpowered him.
“He started shouting that I didn’t kill Jennifer and we were wondering who Jennifer was.
“We tied him up until morning.
“We then took him to Nyanya police station and resumed our duties.”
The judge, Judge SP Gang, after listening to the witness and the advice of both parties, adjourned the case to March 9 for further hearing.