MEN of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command have arrested a 30-year-old chief priest Eno Akpan for allegedly killing his one year old daughter Favour by cutting her with a machete after being involved in a bitter dispute with his wife.
Mr Akpan, who hails from Ikot Akpan Udo village in the Ikot Abasi Local Government Area, reportedly manages the village’s shrine. According to the Akwa Ibom State police commissioner Murtala Mani, on Monday that Eno had a misunderstanding with his wife, Blessing and beat her up, which started the problem.
After the scuffle, Blessing ran off to her mother and left her daughter with the suspect but Eno called his wife to take Favour with her, adding that when she refused, he inflicted machete injuries on the girl’s back and head. As a result of the injuries he inflicted on the girl, she later died.
Mr Mani said: “On July 23, at 7.30pm, the complainant, Blessing, had a misunderstanding with her husband, Eno Akpan and in the process, the husband beat her up. She left the house for her mother’s place, leaving her daughter behind but the husband asked her to return home to take the child along and she refused.
“Her husband then used a machete to inflict cuts on the back and head of their daughter. She died on the spot.”
Eno, however, said he had a disagreement with his wife after she returned home late from the market where she sold oysters. According to him, he used his fists on her but by the time he picked up a machete to strike her, it cut through their daughter.
“She went to sell oysters in the market and when she came back, I tried to inquire why she came back late and that it was becoming a habit for her to return home late. Her reply incensed me and I had no other option than to beat her.
“The moment I picked up a machete to strike her, she threw my daughter at me and the machete landed on her head and back,” he added.