A Muslim cleric has been arrested for killing a three-year-old boy, Chiagozie Okereke at the White Sand area of Isheri-Oshun, Ejigbo, Lagos.
Testifying against the cleric, Kazeem Alimson, popularly known as Alfa, a 15-year-old boy, Simon Kanu, said he was paid N500 by him to lure the baby.
Kanu further added that Alimson killed the baby with a heavy stone in his presence.
Narating her side of the story, the baby’s mother said that her child went missing around 7.pm on Tuesday after she brought him out for his evening bath.
She said: “When I finished bathing the younger one, I went inside to get the wrapper to strap him in order to enable me bathe the other child. But on getting outside, I didn’t see my baby again. The sister said he went into my neighbour’s house but I didn’t see him there and when I asked, they said he went out with Simon.
“I called my son’s name but there was no response. Later, we saw Simon that night, I asked him about the whereabouts of my son, he said he did not see him. Simon took my son, strangled him with his shirt and stoned him to death. He is my third child. I feel hurt. My heart is broken. I need justice.”
In his own confessional statement, Kanu, a primary six pupil added that the Alfa took him and the child to an uncompleted building where the boy was murdered with a heavy stone.
“I went to site and I saw how he killed Chigozie,” he said.
“He tied him up and was making incantation before hitting him with a stone three times. He said he would kill me if I told anybody. He also showed me his juju knife and that he would use it to kill me if I told anyone.”
Denying the allegation, the cleric claimed that he is not a ritualist but a cult member.
He said: “I was in my house sleeping when I heard people shouting. When I came out, I saw some policemen and when I asked, I was told that they saw a dead child. I went back inside, and 30 minutes later, the police came back and arrested me. I don’t know the boy and I have never spoken to him.”
At this point, the teenager interjected and said, “You are lying. He was giving me sign with his eyes not to talk. I saw you when you were using the stone to hit him until he died.”
The Divisional Police Officer of Isheri Osun revealed that the boy’s dead body was found in the suspect’s house after a search was conducted.