An Orphanage based in Eket, Akwa Ibom has advocated for government at all levels to increase the sensitisation against accusing children of witchcraft after a man tried to poison his son, a resident of the orphanage, for attempting to kill him in his dreams.
The 53-year-old man identified as Edem Okon came to the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network Children Centre (CRARN) under the pretext of visiting his two sons only for it to be discovered that he had laced the bread he brought for the kids with poison.
Confirming the incident, the centre’s head, Sam Itauma, said:
“Okon came with the sole aim of killing one of his two sons under our care. His reason, being a dream he had in which his 6-year-old son, Elijah, purportedly came to stab him to death while he was sleeping in the night.”
He added that when Okon, who had two sons resident at the centre, requested to go with one of them, they were skeptical about his motives so they turned down his request. He became adamant and requested to take his children out to purchase items for them in a nearby store but was also declined.
Bereft of ideas, he became angry and charged at his son warning him to stop appearing in his dreams with diabolical intent otherwise he would kill him.