Operatives of the Akwa Ibom State police command at Ikot Akpanabia,  near Uyo, the state capital have apprehended a 25-year-old man, one Joseph Friday, from Edebom 1 village in Nsit Ibom local government area for killing his 65-year-old father and later dragged his remains to the road.

The suspect, who murdered his father, Friday Wilson Usanga, alleged that the deceased, while alive was in the habit of appearing to him in a dream and hypnotizing him before depositing a spell in his body.

The suspect, who was paraded at state headquarters, confessed to the crime, explaining that: “I was hypnotised by the deceased, and something like a tortoise would enter my body, and at that point, I would not know myself again because I would become mentally unstable.”

Recounting how he carried out the dastardly act, the suspect said:  “My Father used a charm on me; he appeared in my dream and hypnotized me. Whenever he appeared, something like a tortoise entered my body and I start to behave abnormally. I am a 25-year -old farmer; I hit my father with my hand and he died.”

Commenting on the incident, the commissioner of police (CP), Olatoye Durosinmi, said, “Relying on a petition dated 19th December 2022 from one Mrs Eno Friday Wilson of Edebom 1 village in Nsit Ibom LGA, about the murder of her husband one Friday Wilson Usanga, age 65 years old of same address.

“Operatives of Nsit Ibom Division arrested one Joseph Friday, son of the deceased who killed his father by beating him to death.  The suspect confessed to the crime and further stated that he dragged the lifeless body of his father to the road after beating him to death.” The CP therefore, urged members of the society to always restrain their emotions in the face of anger and provocations and assured that the police would continue to work towards sustaining the prevailing peace in the state.


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