GIST OF THE DAY: Children kill mother over alleged witchcraft

BENIN CITY— THERE was confusion in Lampese
Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo State,
which shares a boundary with Kogi State, when
two children of the same parents, identified as
Omolayo Ojeifo(25) and her younger brother,
Taiye (20) reportedly lured their mother
identified as Mrs. Itowo Ojeifo to a farm road
and killed her.
It was gathered that Omolayo has had a running
battle with her mother, whom she accused of
being the reason  she had not prospered in life
and also being a witch.
She was said to have apologised to her mother
few days to the dastardly act and pleaded that
she was misled into believing that her problems
were caused by her, but unknown to the
deceased, she was being tricked into her
untimely death.
Vanguard was informed that the suspect,
Omolayo, had last Wednesday, appealed to her
mother to accompany her somewhere and
despite her mother’s refusal that she was busy
at home, she was able to convince her mother to
follow her, as the deceased abandoned the
cassava she was peeling and accompanied her,
not knowing that her children had perfected
plans to kill her.
She was said to have been led through a bush
path to the farm and midway, the son brought
out a machete, which he used in “cutting their
An eye witness, who was said to have been
threatened by the suspects that he would be
dealt with if he reports what he saw was said to
have rushed back to the community, where he
reported the incident, but before people could
be mobilised to the scene, the woman had been
killed by her children.
Confirming the incident yesterday, Edo State
Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Eguavoen,
said the incident happened on July 3 and that it
was the former husband of the deceased, Mr
Sunday Itowo that made a formal report to the
police on the incident.
He said the victims ran to Uzebba in Owan West
Local Government Area but that the covert
intelligence of the police led to their arrest.
“The case will soon be transferred to the state
command for further investigation,” the police

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