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Father kills son over cassava harvest dispute

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Father kills son over cassava harvest dispute

Story from Vincent CHIKAMSO, Abuja

In a tragic incident in Ebe Ikpe village, Essein Udim Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, a man named Boniface Innocent Uko is alleged to have brutally killed his 26-year-old son after discovering that the young man had harvested cassava from his farm without permission.

 

The father of the deceased, Mr. Innocent Uko, reportedly flew into a rage upon learning of the unauthorized cassava harvest. He is said to have confronted his son and, in a fit of anger, ended the young man’s life using a machete.

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The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, told newsmen during a chat on Tuesday in Uyo that after killing his son, the man burnt the corpse and dumped the carcass in an abandoned pit toilet in his compound to conceal the act.

When arrested and interrogated on the incident, the father of the deceased who confessed to the crime said he committed the act due to his late son’s bad character and incessant harassment and embarrassment.

Macdon stated: “One Chief Akpan Aniekan, the village head of Ebe Ikpe village in the company of one Sylvester Akpan M., the village council chairman reported that one Innocent Uko M. of Ebe Ikpe village in Essein Udim Local Government Area, used machete and killed his son Boniface Innocent Uko, aged 26yrs, burnt the corpse and dumped the carcass of the deceased in an abandoned pit toilet in his compound to conceal the act.

“Based on the report, police operatives of the Essien Udim Divisional Headquarters visited the scene, and the deceased burnt corpse was recovered and deposited at a morgue. The suspect was arrested and he has confessed to killing his son on the grounds of bad character and incessant harassment and embarrassment”.

In another disturbing incident, operatives of the Uruan Division apprehended a man named Charley Edem John on charges of kidnapping two seven-year-old children

It was gathered that John used his 10-year-old junior brother to lure his victims, who are in the same school as his brother out of their classes so he could abduct them.

“The said suspect uses his younger brother who is 10 years old in the same school to call and lure the children out of their class for him to kidnap them. The two boys have been rescued and reunited with their parents,” the PPRO said.

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