Police arrest FMC staff while attempting to kill, bury neighbour’s child for ritual


The Imo State Police Command have arrested Mr Francis Chukwura, employee of Federal Medical Cemtre (FMC), Owerri, who was dismissed while attempting to kill his neighbour’s son for alleged ritual purpose.

Confirming his arrest, CSP Mike Abattam, the command’s spokesman in a statement issued to journalists on Thursday, the victim, Henry Ekwos,14-year-old, was lured by the suspect into his room and attempted to kill him after digging a shallow grave in his room before he was rescued.

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“The incident occurred in Ubommiri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, on the 06/01/2022 where one Francis Chukwura lured his neighbours son, Henry Ekwos, into his room to help install WhatsApp application for him in his phone. The unsuspecting boy innocently entered with him into his room where the suspect has already dug a grave-size pit.

“The boy, on seeing the grave-size pit in the room became suspicious and turned to run out,when the suspect picked up a machete and gave him several machete cuts on his head and body,” he said.

According to Abattam, the victim did not stop running and screaming for help, luckily, passers-by who heard his scream immediately alerted the police patrol team within the area who then arrested the suspect.

The PPRO added that the victim was immediately rushed to a nearby government hospital for urgent medical attention while the apprehended suspect was taken to the station. He said the suspect didn’t render a reasonable reason why he attempted to kill the victim but as for the grave-size pit he dug in his room, he said the wife was aware and it was done to hurt his landlord for giving him quit notice.

Consequent upon the suspect’s claim, the wife, Ezinne Anyanwu, said the landlord did not give them quit notice, but they are owing rent for some months.

She further stated that, on January 5, she queried him about the pit and his response was, “he is looking for the dollars he buried in the ground.”


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