An Aba-based coffin maker recently threw his 14-year-old son into a well after accusing him of being a wizard.
The middle-aged man, “Pa Ogada” accused the teenager of being the reason for his lack of progress in life, Vanguard reports.
Speaking on the incident, a source told newsmen:
“The truth is that the man has been separated from the boy’s mother. Since the boy came back from his mother’s place where he lived, the man has been accusing him of being a wizard.
He once told us that he had consulted many spiritualists, who told him that his son is a wizard and is behind the problems he has had in his business. We are not surprised that he went this far.”
The boy was eventually rescued from the well.
One of the rescuers stated:
“Some of us had already retired for the day when we started hearing shouts and cries coming from the location of the abandoned well, but we thought people were fighting.
As the shouts increased, we summoned courage and got to the area and discovered that it was coming from the abandoned well. We got a rope and bucket, threw them inside and the boy managed to cling to and was pulled out.
“He was already weak with injuries. We thanked God the well had been out of use; he might not have survived.”
Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, Ezekiel Onyeke, said the incident was not reported to the Police, and authorities were not aware of the incident.