From Idongesit Ekpot ,Uyo
A MIDDLE-aged man, Christopher Udoh from Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing his 11-year-old son, said to be a witch.
Justice Joy Unwana, sitting at the High Court, Ikot Ekpene, handed down the sentence recently after finding the accused guilty of murder in line with section 316(1) of the Criminal Laws of Akwa Ibom State.
The court heard that the convict, who had already admitted committing the offence, deliberately killed his 11-year-old son for allegedly being behind his years of unsuccessful stint in his business in Benin, Edo State.
According to the convict, he had struggled for many years to take a big leap in his business, but later realized that his own son whom he suspected was a wizard thwarted all his efforts to make any headway.
His words “after my inability to have a serious breakthrough in business, I discovered that my son could have been responsible. I was stranded in Benin, Edo State, I had to return home with nothing”.
He added that every attempt to break even in life failed; even to get married “since his mother was no longer living with me, following years of hardship that she could no longer bear.
“For me to free myself of such spell, I had to kill him, burn his body and dump the remains in a pit”. He pleaded with the court to be lenient and for God to have mercy on him as he was only used by the devil.
In another development, youths from the various communities in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area have protested an attack on the palace of the late Village Head of Ikot Ese, Chief Ukanga Udo by militants who killed four persons including the son of the late monarch.