A 40-year-old man identified as Emmanuel Okon, has been arrested by the Cross River State police command for beating his son to death.
According to report gathered, the suspect was alleged to have beaten his son to death over a porridge of yam which was meant for him.
The arrest was confirmed by the commissioner of police in the state, Austin Agbonlahor, while addressing newsmen on the achievements recorded since he assumed office about three weeks ago.
“On February 18th 2019, one Israel Emmanuel Okon, a father to Eteobong Emmanuel, beat his son to death for mere food.”
Agbonlahor revealed that Israel Emmanuel, who is a resident of Obio Inwang Village in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State, reported himself to Akamkpa Police.
The CP stated that the suspect killed his claiming that he stole his food and ate, and buried the victim in a shallow grave behind his residence.
He revealed upon information received by the police, the Police authority in kamkpa LGA led by DCO-DSP OKoi Oboma swung into action, adding that the corpse was exhumed, photograph taken and deposited at General hospital, Akamkpa mortuary for autopsy.
Agbonlahor stated that the suspect has confessed to the crime committed and will be charged to court.
He pleaded that the police release him so that he can carter for other children who he needs to go home and take care of since his wife wasn’t around to cater for the remaining five kids.
He stated that while disciplining the child, he didn’t anticipate that the child was going to die, he further stated that child did not die immediately he was beaten but gave up the ghost the next day.