The Akwa Ibom State Police Command said it has apprehended one Akan Jimmy Umoh and his wife, Rita Jimmy Umoh of Ekpat Iduot, Abak Local Government Area of the state for allegedly poisoning their stepson, Saviour Jimmy Umoh to death.
The couple had accused the 10-year- old of witchcraft, hence the reason for their misfortunes and economic setbacks.
They also alleged that the deceased was behind the academic porousness of his half siblings in school.
According to a statement sent by the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon and made available to journalists in Uyo on Tuesday, the couple administered ‘poisonous beans’ on the deceased.
The statement read in parts, “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.
“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.”
The statement disclosed that a search in the house revealed a boldly written inscription on the wall by the step-mother, “Saviour is the witch of this house” adding that photographs were taken while the corpse was removed and deposited in the mortuary for autopsy.
He also disclosed that the command has arrested one Ekike Hector David of Mbiokporo 1 in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area with eight locally fabricated AK47 Rifles, one Pump Action, one pistol and six Dane Guns.
He added that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a Welder who specializes in making and selling locally made Rifles and other types of guns to criminals.
He, however, noted that the Commissioner, Andrew Amiengheme has assured that the perpetrators of the 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.”