11th November, 2021
A 36-year-old man, Onyishi Chidi has been arrested in Enugu for allegedly conniving with and a 95-year-old blind pastor, Okeke Eneokwor to kill his seven-year-old son for money ritual.
The police spokesman in Enugu State, ASP Daniel Ndukwe confirmed the development in a statement issued on Thursday.
Ndukwe said the murdered minor was reported missing on Oct. 22.
Ndukwe said that following receipt of information on the search for the missing child, police arrested his father, Onyishi Chidi, on Nov. 6 at Coal Camp, Enugu.
He added that Chidi was arrested for allegedly being responsible for the disappearance and murder of his son for money ritual.
“Chidi confessed to the crime and led police operatives to arrest a blind Pastor Okeke Eneokwor (95), whom he fingered as an accomplice.
“He also led police operatives and a medical team to a stream at Abakpa-Nike, Enugu, where the decomposing corpse of the minor was exhumed from a shallow grave,’’ he stated.
ASP Ndukwe stated also that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Lawal Abubakar, had ordered a thorough and conclusive investigation of the matter.
“The commissioner also directed the State Criminal Investigation Department to expedite action on the investigation to ensure the prosecution of everyone found culpable in the act,’’ he added.
He also called on residents of the state to remain vigilant, law-abiding and to promptly report criminals and their activities to the nearest police station.
Residents should call the police emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or alternatively send e-mail to: [email protected] whenever the need arose, Ndukwe added.