Witchcraft Accusation: Couple to face music for alleged stepson’s death

Nigeria Police Force
Nigeria Police Force

Husband and wife in Akwa Ibom State are to face music for alleged conspiracy in poisoning their 10-year-old son to death on accusation of being a wizard.

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested the suspects: one Rita Umoh and her husband, Akan Umoh.

Spokesperson of the command, Odiko Macdon, a superintendent of police, in a statement on Tuesday, September 14, said the duo was arrested by the detectives from Abak Division after a tip-off.

“On 29th August, 2021, at about 4:30 p.m, 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,” the statement read.

“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.

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

“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,’’ the statement added.