A fifteen year teenage boy identified as Christopher Asuquo, has been reported dead after being beheaded by suspected ritualists in Calabar, Cross River State.
The incident was said to have occurred along Murtala Mohammed Highway by Zone 6 Police Command in Calabar Municipality local government area.
According to reports, the teenager was murdered and beheaded in the early hours of Friday while helping his mother to sweep the road.
Father of the victim, Mr. Asuquo, said the incident happened at about 4.00am when he asked his son to help his mother’s portion of the road before going to school.
“I woke him up that morning around 4.00am to go and help his mother since her mother was not feeling well and they went. The next thing I heard was that my son’s head was nearly chopped off.
“His mother said they shared portions so they can finish off on time for him not to go to school late. So, as his mother was sweeping down the road, she heard him shouting, before she could realise, the shouting was intense and gradually faded away.
“The place was dark since the street lights were not on. So, she ran towards him and discovered some men struggling with him, then she started shouting and calling on everyone.
“When they heard her shouting, they left him and ran into their vehicle and zoomed off. As she got there, she saw our son lying in a pool of blood with his neck almost off”, he said crying.
Christopher’s elder brother said he didn’t believe the news of his brother’s death until he saw the corpse. He also added that helping his mother to sweep the road was like a daily routine for his brother and he doesn’t know why this tragedy had to happen at this time of the year.
It was learnt that the victim was a student at Command Day Secondary school, Calabar and he was in SS1. The residents of Esuk Utan, the community where the incident happened have pleaded with Government to compensate the family of the teenager.
They said this is the fourth time similar incident is happening in the area.