Mr. Volt Blessing Gabriel, 33, has been arrested by operatives of the Delta State Police Command for beheading his one-year-old child with a handsaw for ritual purposes.
Gabriel, who murdered the child, Godspower, in a bush in Benin-City, Edo State, buried the deceased’s head by a palm tree and discarded the headless body. The suspect claimed that he killed the child because he had a dream where he was told that if he killed the child and applied the blood on his head, he would become wealthy.
Mr. Bright Edafe, the Delta State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident in a statement, saying Gabriel was arrested after his wife discovered their child was missing and reported her suspicion to the police of foul play on the part of her husband.
The statement read:
“On 25/06/2022, at about 1030 hrs., one Mrs. Success Oduwa, 24 years, of Peanuts junction, Obeh in Edo State, discovered that she has not seen their child since the morning of 24/6/2022 and started troubling the husband as to the whereabouts of the child.
The husband told her that the child was with his sister in Warri. On getting to Warri, she discovered the husband was lying to her, hence her suspicion.
She reported the husband named, Volt Blessing Gabriel 33 years, of the same address, to have killed their child named Godspower Gabriel, one year and eight months old, for ritual purposes.
The Commander RRS detailed operatives, who swung into action, arrested the husband and handed him over to the DPO ‘A’ Division, Warri for further investigation.
Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have murdered the said child at Ewabogun bush by Catholic Road, Benin City using a hand saw to cut off the head and buried it by a palm tree in the bush and threw away the headless body of the child. The suspect also stated that he killed the child because of a dream he had, where he saw a man who told him that if he kills the child and uses the child’s blood to rub his head, he would become rich.
The suspect is in custody.”