A 26- year-old man, Ikechukwu Okoro practically flogged his only son, three-year-old Chinedu to death in Ebonyi State on Sempteber 13, 2013.
According to shocked neighbours, Ikechukwu who lives with his only son woke up by 4.30 am on the fateful day to discover that the sick boy had defecated on the bed.
In anger, he picked a cane and flogged him mercilessly until then boy gave up the ghost. Not knowing what to do afterwards, he picked up the dead boy and headed to a nearby clinic where he
was confirmed dead.
Okoro, who is now in police custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), said that everything happened in a fit of anger.
It was out of annoyance that I flogged my son, Chinedu to death. The boy had been sick for some time. It was when I woke up around 4.30am that fateful day that I discovered that Chinedu had defecated on my mattress.
He was the only son I had. When I discovered that he had defecated on the bed we were sleeping together. I went outside to look for a stick to flog him, just like any other normal father would have done to his recalcitrant child.
I found a bitter leaf stick and used it to flog him twice. I didn’t know that it could lead to his death.
Ikechukwu Okoro who hails from Isieta Amanato, in Isu Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, explained that his wife, Uchechi abandoned him in 2009 with Chinedu, his only son who is now deceased.
He blamed Satan for the misfortune.
It was Satan that used me. When I was flogging him, I perceived an irritating odor from his mouth and I stopped flogging him immediately. I rushed him to a nearby clinic around my area. The same doctor that I took my son to, took us to another hospital. There, the doctors told me after examination that my child was dead.”
Okoro said he could not believe it when he brought the corpse of his child home, and raised alarm that attracted the attention of neighbors.
“They came to ask me what killed my son. I confessed to them that he died as a result of the flogging I gave him because he defecated on my mattress. My son had been sick, his stomach was swollen before I flogged him,” Okoro lamented.
One of the neighbours, Ogbonnaya Orie who was the only person who pleaded with Ikechukwu to stop beating his son said all his efforts fell on deaf ears. “And when Chinedu died, he begged me to assist him to bury the child but I refused,” he said.
Ebonyi State Police Command through its State Criminal Investigations Department, (SCID) is currently interrogating Ikechukwu Okoro at Isieta Amanato Isu Onicha.
Ikechukwu would be charged to court for murder