- An Akwa-Ibom-based couple, Akan and Rita Umoh, have landed in police net, for the death of their teenage son.
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested one Akan Umoh and his wife, Rita Umoh, for allegedly poisoning their son, Saviour Umoh, over witchcraft suspicion.
It was gathered that the deceased was poisoned to death after the administration of poisonous “evil beans” to remove the witchcraft.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, in a statement on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, said the duo was arrested by the detectives from Abak division after tip-off information.
The suspects, according to the statement, have confessed to their crimes.
The statement read in part, “On 29th August 2021, at about 4:30 pm, 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 happen to be the father and step-mother of the deceased, respectively.
“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’. Photographs were taken while the corpse was removed and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.”
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