53-year-old Edem Okon, has reportedly tried to kill one of his two sons taking refuge at the Child Right and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN) Children center, in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
According to the head of CRARN, Sam Itauma, “Okon came with the sole aim of killing one of his two sons under our care. His reason, being a dream he had in which his 6-year-old son, Elijah, purportedly came to stab him to death while he was sleeping in the night.”
According to sources, Mr Okon reportedly tried to take one of his son’s out of the orphanage but the staff got skeptical about his intent and so turned down his request.
He later requested to take his children out to purchase items for them in a nearby store. When that too was rejected he became angry and charged at his son warning him not appear in his dreams with diabolical intent otherwise he would kill him.
The organization later discovered that the man had come to the orphanage with hidden bread laced with poison made from a local berry called, Esere or Calabar beans (Physostigma vevenenosum).
Calarbar Beans, in the Old world, was administered to a person accused of witchcraft. -If the person survives the poison, it was thought to indicate innocence. While in a case where the poison does its deadly work, it was seen as an indication of guilt and death being a befitting punishment.
CRARN has made a cry to the Government at all levels to intensify the war against Witchcraft and archaic Superstitious beliefs which has posed as a major cause of Violence in homes.