Itoro, the first son and the breadwinner of the family, was
allegedly hacked to death by a herbalist, Ette Okon on
Friday, following a misunderstanding.
Rita Emmanuel, a cousin of the deceased, a commercial
motor cyclist, told the story of the murder. According to her,
Itoro lived with his parents in their grass house in Ikot
Abasi Effiom, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross
River State until he rented a room in a house close to his
“About a month ago, he decided to rent a room in
the next street so that his wife who was about to
deliver a baby could have more space and we all
agreed that it was okay. He got a room in Ette
Friday’s house and moved there”.
Rita explained that everything was fine until Ndarake, Itoro’s
wife, gave birth and the baby died within days. After the
death of the baby, the wife, according to the cousin,
became sick and suffered epileptic seizures.
Friday, described as a herbalist, was said to have claimed
he could heal the woman and asked for N5.000 to get
materials to heal her.
Rita stated that after Friday took the money, he assured
Itoro that his wife would soon recover and commenced
treatment but that didn’t happen.
Rita said:“Last year, Itoro lost his first wife after she
gave birth to their second daughter; so he was
worried that his second wife taking care of the two
children was going to die too. He asked the herbalist
why the state of his wife was getting worse when it
ought to be improving since the man had been given
the money he demanded and he assured that he
would treat the woman . The man did not say
anything; he simply went inside his shrine and
brought out a machete and cut Itoro’s throat”.
A resident, who gave his name as Monday, said when
people heard Itoro’s cries that night, they rushed to the
herbalist’s house and met Itoro in a pool of blood.
According to him, when the herbalist saw them, he
threatened them with a machete. This, he said, angered the
residents who took matters into their hands, overpowered
him, cut his own throat, dumped the body inside the shrine
and set the place ablaze.
“The remains of the herbalist were eaten by dogs which he
deserves because we could not understand why he should
kill a young man for asking why the state of his wife whom
he was treating was worsening rather than improving”.
Mr Hogan Bassey, the spokesman for the Command, said
the matter was being investigated.