EDO: Boy, 18, strangles mother to death, sleeps with her corpse for money rituals

The native doctor who allegedly instructed Samuel to commit the crime is at large.

A teenager seeking immediate wealth has killed his single mother for money ritual in Edo.

The suspect, Akpobome Samuel, also slept with the corpse.

Samuel claims a native doctor told him to provide his mother’s ear and fingers for the ritual. He carried out the crime on October 29, at their residence in Ologbo, Ikpoba-Okha LGA of Edo State.

The suspect was caught by neighbours as he attempted to sever the parts he needed.

His grandma, Maria Gabriel, had visited to invite the deceased, 58-year-old Gift Samuel, for a church prayer, when she saw her lifeless body.

Police authorities said they recovered semen-stained pants belonging to Samuel as well as that of his late mother from the room.

“I wanted to use my mother for ritual,” the suspect said when paraded by the police.

“My father is dead. It was one man called One Love that told me to use my mother for money ritual. He promised to give me N50,000 if I killed my mother and sleep with her.

“He said I should cut my mother’s ear and fingers and bring them to him. I wanted to cut the ears and fingers before the people came in. I slept with my mother only once.”

Samuel claimed he may have been hypnotised to commit the crime, as the instructor gave him something to drink.

“I pressed my mother’s neck to kill her while she was sleeping. The One Love sells drugs. He put something inside the drink he gave me and he told me to go and kill my mother,” he said.

Unfortunately, the alleged instructor had absconded by the time police arrived his house.

“The day I went to his house with policemen, the man had run away. I hail from Oghara. I work in a pure water factory. I now feel very bad because I was beaten badly by people. I did what the ritualist told me.

“The native doctor told me to kill my mother and sleep with her corpse, but he did not tell me the number of days to sleep with her.

“He told me to keep her dead body inside the room for two days but I was caught when I could no longer keep her,” he added.

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