A woman and her husband have poisoned a 10-year-old boy over witchcraft allegation.
The deceased boy, a step-son of the couple, was identified as Saviour Umoh.
Specifically, the incident occurred in Akwa Ibom State. Confirming the incident was the spokesperson of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, SP Odiko Macdon. Further, Macdon disclosed that the couple, Akan Jimmy Umoh and Rita Jimmy Umoh, were arrested by the police after a tip-off.
“On 29th August, 2021, at about 4:30pm, relying on information received from one Mfon Francis, of Ekpat Iduot village; that one Akan Jimmy Umoh and his wife, Rita Jimmy Umoh of same address; conspired and poisoned to death her stepson, one Master Savior Jimmy Umoh; a 10-year-old boy on the allegation of witchcraft.
“Detectives of Abak Division swiftly responded and arrested the duo of Akan and Rita Jimmy Umoh; who are father and step-mother of the deceased,’’ Macdon revealed.
“On interrogation, suspects confessed to have administered poisonous concoction called “Evil Beans” on the child to remove witchcraft; which they, according to prophecy, claimed was the cause of their economic misfortunes and health challenges; including the poor academic performance of his half siblings.”
“A search in the house revealed a boldly written inscription on the wall by the step-mother; “Saviour is the witch of this house”.
Meanwhile, the spokesman added that the remains of the deceased boy had been deposited in the morgue. Further, he assured that the couple will face prosecution and justice secured for the deceased. In addition, he revealed that the Commissioner of Police has called on the public to volunteer useful information that would aid the apprehension of other crimes
“The CP has assured that the perpetrators of these crimes will be prosecuted and has called on members of the public to be vigilant and do well in giving the Police and Sister Security Agencies timely information which will assist in curbing crimes and criminality.”
Equally important, 1st News reports that similar witchcraft allegations have often been levied against children in some parts of the country. Also, children have been accused of witchcraft, both historically and in contemporary times; in societies that harbour beliefs about the existence of witches and black magic.
These accusations have led to punishment, imprisonment, torture, and execution of children.