shrineA herbalist, Ette Okon Friday was on Tuesday set ablaze inside his shrine by angry youths of Ikot Abasi Effiom in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State for allegedly slitting the throat of a commercial motorcyclist, Itoro Titus, after a misunderstanding between them.
It was gathered that Itoro was the suspect’s tenant.
According to a family member of the slain Okadaman, Rita Emmanuel, trouble started when the deceased’s wife, Ndarake, took ill a week ago after giving birth to a child that died few hours later.
Itoro who was the suspect’s tenant was said to be looking for a cure to her ailment when Okon said he could help.
Emmanuel said: “On Tuesday morning, my cousin’s wife had epileptic seizures and his landlord said he could treat it. So Itoro went to his mother from whom he obtained N5,000, then gave the money to the landlord to treat the woman.”
She added that the suspect collected money from the deceased, assuring that his wife would get well soon.
Trouble however started, when the deceased returned from work at about 11pm on the fateful day and found his wife in a terrible state, despite promises from the landlord. He was said to have approached his landlord to know why his wife was not improving.
An eyewitness identified as Monday, said on the fateful day, they heard a loud scream coming from the direction of the herbalist, they rushed to the herbalist’s apartment and met Itoro in the pool of his blood.
Monday also stated that when they got to the scene, the herbalist threatened them with blood-soaked machete; this angered the youths, adding that they got hold of him, slit his throat, dumped him inside the shrine and set the place ablaze.
“His body has been eaten by dogs, which he deserves because we cannot understand why he should kill a young man for asking why the state of his wife, whom he was treating, was getting worse rather than improving,” he said.