Angry Mob Machetes Herbalist after slitting the throat of his Client

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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.

Source: Vanguard

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