Man, Wife Kill Son for Being a ‘Wizard’

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command paraded a man, Essien Okon, and his wife, for allegedly killing their 12-year-old son, Joseph.

Essien and his wife, Peace, allegedly prepared a poisonous concoction with a certain seed called asene and forced the boy to drink it, police say.

Upon achieving their aim, the couple took the victim to a swamp where he was buried.

The father, who confessed to the crime, accused the victim of being a wizard and killing his former wife.

Essien, who married Peace after the death of his former wife, Joseph’s mother, added that many of the misfortunes he had been having were caused by the boy.

The state Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed, in his maiden interaction with journalists, said the couple, and other suspects paraded, would be arraigned at the end of investigation.

“On March 25, 2019, operatives of Oron division arrested one Essien Okon and Peace Okon of Edoho Emma Street, Oron Local Government Area, who conspired and lured their son, Joseph Okon, now deceased, whom they accused of witchcraft, into an engine boat on the pretext of going to cut bamboo sticks in a swamp to be used for construction of a kitchen.

“While at the swamp, the suspects removed a concoction, prepared with poisonous seed called asene and water; they used enema and pumped the concoction into the deceased’s stomach, leading to his instant death. The suspects secretly dug a shallow grave in the swamp and buried the deceased there,” he said.

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