Twenty-six-year-old Destiny John, popularly known as Mfon, who stabbed his twin brother, Israelite John, more than 70 times to death while he was sleeping at their Somolu residence in Lagos, on Monday, said that he acted upon the directive of a voice beyond his control. The suspect, who was suspected of feigning insanity, also disclosed that the knife he used to stab his brother was given to him by a Pastor.
In an interview with Vanguard, Destiny, a First School Certificate holder said: "I and my late twin brother have been living with our elder brother for over five years. While my late twin brother was under apprenticeship as a cobbler, I joined my elder brother in his canteen business and was paid N5,000 per month.
Prior to the day tragedy struck, I bought a small power generating set and some alcoholic drinks. We had a nice time in our apartment before we all went to bed. As we woke up in the morning, my late twin brother was still sleeping. But as I opened the net of our window, somebody covered my eyes and I could not see. I made for a kitchen knife and stabbed my brother.”
Asked where he got the weapon from, the Akwa Ibom state born suspect said “ The knife I used to stab my twin brother belongs to a pastor, who is also a policeman attached to Pedro police station.”
In a separate interview with Punch, Mfon said he was not in his right senses when he committed the crime. He claims he was blindfolded while stabbing Israel, adding that he still could not explain what came over him. He said he started smoking cannabis when he was 15 years old, adding that he graduated from smoking cannabis to swallowing it when he became mature.
He said, “I came to Lagos three years ago and since then, I have been working with my brother in his canteen. I work from Monday to Sunday; I don’t even go to church. On Sunday night, I bought a small generator which I took home. The three of us enjoyed ourselves that night. We ate and drank to celebrate the generator.
“Around 7am the next day, I woke up. My brother was still sleeping. I wanted to open the net, but I discovered somebody covered my face. I decided to go out, but I couldn’t see the road. I found the knife somewhere and took it. I then stabbed my brother to death. I don’t know what came over me, but I intend to find out.”
He denied that there was any quarrel between him and the deceased prior to the incident, saying he loved his brother. “We never had any disagreement. It was people who had seen that we had a great future together that were giving us alcohol. I believe my family may know about what happened,” he said.
Asked if he smoked any substance the night to the incident, he said he only took his meal. He, however, admitted to taking cannabis sometimes. He said, “I did not continue my education after primary school because my father died. But I started smoking cannabis from age 15. Now that I am mature, it is direct. I don’t smoke again, I swallow it.”