Sacked govt. staff arrested while attempting to kill, bury neighbour’s child in his room for rituals


How dismissed FMC staff, Mr. Francis Chukwura attempted to kill neighbour’s child ritual.

The Imo State Police Command paraded a suspect identified as Mr. Francis Chukwura, a dismissed employee of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owerri, for allegedly luring his neighbor’s son into his room in an attempt to kill him for ritual purposes.

The arrest was confirmed by Mike Abattam (CSP), the command’s spokesman, in a press statement issued to journalists on Thursday in Owerri.


In describing how Mr. Francis was apprehended, Abattam stated that the victim, Henry Ekwos, 14, was lured into his room by the suspect, who then attempted to kill him by digging a shallow grave in his room before being rescued.

“The incident occurred in Ubommiri in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, on the 06/01/2022 where one Francis Chukwura lured his neighbours son, Henry Ekwos, into his room to help install WhatsApp application for him in his phone. The unsuspecting boy innocently entered with him into his room where the suspect has already dug a grave-size pit.

“The boy, on seeing the grave-size pit in the room became suspicious and turned to run out, when the suspect picked up a m#chete and gave him several m#chete cuts on his head and body.

“The victim did not stop running and screaming for help, luckily, passers-by who heard his scream immediately alerted the police patrol team within the area who then arrested the suspect.”

Meanwhile, further reports said the victim was immediately rushed to a nearby government hospital for urgent medical attention while the apprehended suspect remains in the custody of the police.


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