Father Beheads Step-son Over Witchcraft


A middle aged man, Mr. Felix Lawson, has allegedly beheaded his six-year-old step-son, Effiong Lawson (fondly called Ifanyi) in Onna local Govt area of Akwa Ibom State
Sources said Lawson, 43, who works at a place in Ibeno, a riverine community, had returned home from work and was enjoying his evening meal when his step-son sneaked into the backyard and whispered to his younger sister to bring him food remnant as he was said to very be hungry, having not eaten for the past three days.
Unknown to him, his father who was at home heard his voice, grabbed a machete and made for the backyard in search of him.
Ifanyi and his brother took to their heels but he was not so lucky as his father who caught up with him before he could run far dealt him a blow on the head using the machete after which he fell and the father in a most barbaric manner used the machete to severe his head from the body.
When the deceased’s brother, Aniefiok Lawson was interrogated by the youth leaders of the area, he said, “Because we were hungry, Ifanyi asked me to escort him to the house so that we can beg our younger sister for food. We didn’t know that daddy was back from Ibeno.
“Ifanyi went close to the house and called Unyime to bring us leftover food. It was already dark so when daddy opened the door and jumped out we didn’t see him. We ran but my brother who was crying and saying “daddy forgive me” could not run fast so daddy hit his head with his big cutlass. He fell down and was crying as he continued to hit him with the cutlass.
“I did not hear his voice again. I ran and hid in the bush. So, late in the night when the place was quiet, I went and joined two of my friends in the uncompleted building in the primary school where we usually sleep at night. I asked them if they saw Ifanyi and they said they hadn’t and in the morning, we saw a lot of blood-spilled at the place he was caught by daddy the previous night.

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