By Tom Moses
UYO—A 28-year-old man, Uwem Akpanebe, who killed his 75 years old aunty, Josephine George, yesterday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, said he was told by prayer warriors that she was behind his travails. The suspect, detained at Akwa Ibom State Police headquarters, Uyo, told Vanguard that he decided to kill his aunty as the prayer houses he went to for solutions to his problems told him the person behind his woes was a close relative, who did not only spiritually block his chances of realising his aspirations, but was also plotting his death for money ritual.
The native of Ikot Ineme in Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State added that since he was living with Josephine, he thought she was the one plotting to use him for money rituals and, therefore, had to go for her life first.
He said: “My action was caused by the revelations given to me by the prayer houses I have been attending. I was told in almost all the prayer houses that someone close to me was the cause of all the ordeals I was passing through and that the person was even plotting to use me for money rituals. “So I hid somewhere with a machete, waited for her and when she was returning home, I cut her with the machete till she died.”
Speaking on behalf of Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Delia Nwawe, reiterated the commitment of the police in the state to smoke out all criminal elements from their hideouts for the state to remain peaceful and safe.
She expressed surprise that the young man could murder the woman he was living with because of unsubstantiated revelations by prayer houses that someone was after his life.