Man Kills hunchbacked son with Pastors in Surgery to remove “mercury”

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Three persons have been arrested in connection with the death of a 24-year-old man with hunchback in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The deceased, simply identified as Lucky died in an operation to extract so-called mercury from his hunchback by his father, Ejike, and his uncle, Pastor Paul.

Another person involved in the crime, is the pastor of a new generation church in Osiakpo, near Omoku, simply identified as Olatoye.

The trio were arrested on the brink of fleeing Port Harcourt following Lucky’s death in the course of the surgery to remove the ‘mercury’ for sale.

Olatoye in his account said of the incident, “Paul said his brother (Ejike) had a son who had a hunchback which he was planning to do away with.

“I asked him why, and he said the boy was a thief; the boy was this and that. He said when the boy was much younger, the father attempted to sell him, but it didn’t work out well.

“He asked whether I knew the people who could take up the boy. I told him that I would make inquiries.”

The suspect noted that they all agreed to a surgical procedure and contacted an associate said to be in Abeokuta, Ogun State, who promised to pay N10m for ‘mercury’ which would be taken from the victim’s hunchback.

He added, “The boy in question (Lucky) even came to meet me, begging me that if the hunchback could be removed, I should help him. He said he wanted to be like a normal human being.

“I told them that he might not survive the procedure, but he said he would survive it. That was when we fixed a date for us to travel for the procedure.

“My first contact was an NGO in Owerri, Imo State, which said they would extract the ‘mercury’ and pay us N5m.

“I asked him what would be our own percentage. At last, both Paul and Ejike accepted the N5m offer, but the NGO didn’t show up again.”

The suspect explained that he approached another ‘contact’ in Abeokuta, Ogun State, which offered to pay N10m but that the payment would be made in two or three months’ time, which all parties agreed to.

He noted that the victim’s father, Ejike, kept visiting his office and disturbing him.

“The day we travelled for the surgery in Lagos before heading to Abeokuta, Ejike handed over the boy to me and Paul gave me N15,000 for transportation.

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“At the hospital, I called the father because of the document we were to sign, but he told me to go ahead and sign on his behalf.

“The operation was carried out, but in the end, the boy couldn’t make it.”

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