By Andy Chukwu
A 35-year-old man, Mr. Idorenyin Essien, has been arrested for allegedly burning his son to death in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Odiko MacDon, confirmed the incident in an interview with journalists yesterday.
He said the incident occurred last Friday at Afia Nsit community, Eket Local Government Area.
MacDon said Essien was arrested at his residence in Afia Nsit, noting that the case would be charged to court immediately.
A community leader of Afia Nsit, Mr. Effiong Okon, alleged that the incident occurred when the victim (Essien’s son), a minor, stole N500 from a neighbour’s house to buy food to eat.
“When the father came back home, the neighbour reported the matter to him. After refunding the money to the neighbour and scolded his son, Essien quickly sent him to buy kerosene for him and the unsuspecting son ran to buy kerosene for his father.
“But the son did not know that the father was going to use the kerosene and burn him. Essien called his son and tied his hands and legs in the front of his house, poured the kerosene on him and set him ablaze.”
The community leader lamented how Essien watched his own son burn.
He noted that it was when the boy was rushed to the hospital but later died that the community alerted the Police and Essien was arrested.