The Cross River Police Command has arrested a 33-year-old man for killing his twin children for allegedly being witches.
Presenting the suspects to newsmen in Calabar on Tuesday, the Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, alleged that Anyanime Festus killed his 11-year-old twins, Emediong and Mfoniso, for confessing to being witches.
Inuwa said that the incident happened on Jan. 11, 2017 in Uyanga community in Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the matter was reported to the police by one David Innocent and Joseph Orok from the same area.
He said, “The incident happened on Jan. 11, 2017 in Uyanga community in Akamkpa Local Government Area following a report to the police by one David Innocent and Joseph Orok.
“They reported that the two female identical twins were found lying along Uyanga bush track in Akamkpa.
“According to them, one of the twins was found dead while the other was lying down and was unable to speak.
“Much later, the other twin that was lying down was able to speak and she gave her name as Emediong Festus and that of her twin sister as Mfoniso Festus, both 11 years.
“She said that on January 10, 2017, their father told them he was taking them to their mother, and on getting to a bush track, he gave them malt drink suspected to be mixed with poisonous substances.
“Shortly after they drank the malt, her sister died and their father abandoned them there.”
The commissioner further said that the other twin later died in the hospital, adding that both corpses were now deposited at the General Hospital, Akamkpa, for autopsy.
The suspect, who is a taxi driver, said that since the incident happened, he had “not been himself”.
Festus, who said he regretted his action, blamed the incident on the devil.
He said, “I poisoned them through the malt I gave them to drink. I did it because they confessed to being witches.”