53-year-old Edem Okon has allegedly gone to an orphanage, the Child’s Right and Rehabilitation Network, (CRARN) Children Center in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, with the intention of killing one of his two sons taking refuge there.
According to Sam Itauma, the head of CRARN: “Okon came with the sole aim of killing one of his two sons under our care. His reason, being a dream he had in which his 6-year-old son, Elijah, purportedly came to stab him to death while he was sleeping in the night.”
He added that though the man has two sons in their care, but he requested to go with one of them, but because they were skeptical about his motives they turned down his request.
He later requested to take his children out to purchase items for them in a nearby store. When that too was rejected he became angry and charged at his son warning him not appear in his dreams with diabolical intent otherwise he would kill him.
The organization later discovered that the man had come to the orphanage with hidden bread laced with poison made from a local berry called, Esere or Calabar beans.
The organization called on the government at all level to intensify the campaign against witchcraft superstition which it said was the major cause of violence against vulnerable children and elderly people.