A REPORT from Cross River State said that residents of Esuk Utam in Calabar municipality were thrown into mourning at the weekend when suspected ritualists killed an SSI student of Command Day Secondary School, Calabar.
The teenager, Identified as Christopher Asuquo, was killed and his head almost completely chopped off by the ritualists on Friday morning, while helping his mother to sweep the road along Murtala Mohammed Highway.
According to the deceased father, Mr. Asuquo, the place was dark because the street lights were off, adding that the incident happened between 4am and 5am that fateful morning when the boy went to help his mother out before going to school.
“I woke him that morning around 4am to go and assist his mum since the mother was not feeling too well and there, they shared portions so they can finish on time for him not to go to school late”. Asuquo narrated.
He said that as his mother was sweeping down the road, she heard him shouting and before she would realise the shouting was intense and gradually faded, adding that she ran towards him and discovered some men struggling with him as she started shouting and called for help.
“When the attackers heard her noise, they left him and ran into their vehicle and zoomed off”. Asuquo continued, explaining that as he got to the scene “she saw our son lying in a pool of blood with the neck almost cut off. They wanted to cut off his neck and carry it along with them.
National Light gathered that it was the fourth time such incident was happening in the area.
Meanwhile, the Esuk Utan residents have called on Cross River State Government to beef up security in the area to avoid reoccurrence.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Irene Ugbo could not be reached when our crime reporter called on her.