By Johnholt Judith
The police in Delta State have arrested one Emma Ere-Eganoma for attempting to kill his mother for alleged ritual purpose in Okuokoko town of Okpe Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered the incident occurred on Tuesday causing fear among residents of the now densely populated Okpe community.
Sources alleged that the suspect had invited his mother, a foodstuff seller at Okuokoko Market, to his home but things turned sour after the son attempted to strangle and butcher the victim to death.
“The mother, on getting to the house saw her son all merry, with loud music playing from a stereo. Upon arrival of the woman, the son immediately locked the entrance, brought out a matchete and used it on his mother”, a source narrated.
Another source disclosed that the suspect also attempted plucking out the eyes of the victim.
However, loud screams from the victim attracted residents from the neighbourhood bust the suspect’s apartment door to rescue the woman who was already bleeding.
The woman was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in the area where she is now receiving treatment.
The residents also apprehended the suspect and handed him over to operatives of the Delta Police command from Okpe Divisional station.
The State Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the attack on the victim when contacted.
Edafe said, “the boy is in custody, but we cannot ascertain if he was about using the mother for ritual because the mother is in the hospital.
“We are waiting for her to be discharged so she can tell us what happened. The boy said he was not using her for rituals. He just had some flimsy explanation, but we can’t come to a conclusion until we hear from the woman.”