It started a lot earlier, exactly in August, when the trio was accused of witchcraft and of a sinister plot to kill their father.
Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
His voice was faint as he struggled to reply questions from journalists that had swooped on Hillem Medical Centre, Igbogene, a suburb of Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State, to listen to his story.
“My father and his brother took us to the forest. He brought a bottle from his pocket and gave it to Levi, and after he tied us, gave us the Sniper. I crawled to the road where I was brought to the hospital,” the sufferer recounted in a weak voice.
That was the grim story that got here from 14-year-old Success Otazi, a spine-chilling story of how his father, Samuel Sunday Otazi and his uncle, Levi Ayah, allegedly led the boy and his two siblings right into a bush alongside Gloryland drive street, Igbogene, the place they have been tied to a tree and compelled to swallow insecticide in an obvious effort to kill them.
Father kills four youngsters, sister in-law, self
For Success and his two siblings, Miracle, 12, and Godstime, 10, (each now deceased), the deadly journey into the bush in Igbogene didn’t start on the morning of December 29, 2018. It started a lot earlier, exactly in August, when the trio was accused of witchcraft and of a sinister plot to kill their father. This allegation turned the individuals of Agbobiri group, together with relations, towards them.
In line with a relative, Preye Ayah, who led the police group to arrest Otazi in his home at Okarki, the tragedy began with Otazi’s new spouse’s arrival within the village with the information of her husband’s sickness and the allegation that his three youngsters from his ex-wife have been liable for his predicament. The youngsters, he alleged, admitted to being wizards after youths and relations beat them.
Ayah recounted: “Someday in September 2018, the spouse of my brother got here to the village and advised us he was critically ailing and that that they had been advised his three youngsters have been answerable for the illness.
The youths of the group, after listening to the story, had introduced the youngsters out to flog them. By the point I received to the scene, I used to be informed the youngsters had confessed that they have been wizards. I met a crowd in the home and I appealed to them to cease beating the youngsters. I requested the youngsters what we might do to revive their father’s well being, they usually requested to be locked inside a room for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, they got here out and stated their father can be properly since that they had not shared his liver but.”
Thus started the horrible routine of the Otazi youngsters being crushed by the youths of the group.
“The beating became a daily occurrence. Sometimes, people would go there to break the door just to gain access and beat the children. Because of this frequent beating, I advised Sunday (their father) to report at the Police station before they lose their lives, and he promised to do something about it,” Ayah stated.
“On New Year day, I called my younger brother, Levi, to brief him about a problem our mum was having with my wife. He came back later to inform me that Sunday (Otazi) has killed his three children and had begged him not to tell anybody. I told my wife what Levi had just told me and vowed that if it were true, I would personally arrest Sunday and hand him over to the Police, but my wife said I should dismiss the story. I went to one of the elders in the family. I told him I had a bad dream in which I saw Sunday’s three children dead. I wanted them to direct Sunday to bring the three children he took away on December 29. We were still on that when on January 1 policemen came to my house, arrested and ordered me to take them to Sunday’s house.”
The act of homicide
Findings from Saturday Solar investigation indicated that on December 29, Otazi had gone to Agbobiri and informed relations, together with his mom, Madam Otazi, who was the guardian of the three youngsters, that he was taking them to a minister of God, Pastor George Odoko of Energy Outreach Ministries, for deliverance. He requested Levi to accompany him to Yenagoa with the youngsters.
On the best way to Yenagoa, Otazi and Levi diverted the youngsters into the bush and had perpetrated an act of filicide––a deliberate act of a father killing his personal youngsters. Thereafter, Otazi and Levi left the crime scene and went their separate methods.
One of the victims, miraculously, survived. “He, being the oldest of the children survived and managed to get to the roadside where he was rescued and brought to the Igbogene Police station and then taken to the hospital. When he has recovered a little, he told us that his siblings were still in the bush. By the time we got there, unfortunately, those two had already given up the ghost,” narrated Police Commissioner Mr Aminu Pai Saleh,
Dr Ugwu Moses Emeka, Medical Director, Hillem Medical Centre, advised Saturday Solar it was potential Success didn’t ingest the insecticide like his siblings.
Dr Emeka stated: “On December 31, at about 11 am, a gaggle of males together with an officer of the NDLEA got here in with the boy. They stated they discovered him by the roadside and went to tell the Police on the checkpoint. He was unconscious, bare and had wounds throughout his physique. His palms have been swollen, indicating that he had been tied for some time.
We started to deal with him and shortly ran some checks. Within the night, he regained consciousness briefly and talked about the identify of his village. When he regained full consciousness on January 1, 2019, he narrated to us what occurred. He informed us their father took them from the village, saying they have been going to the church, however stopped the bus alongside the best way and took them right into a forest the place he tied them to a tree and gave them Sniper to drink.”
‘I did not kill my children’
On the Igbogene Police Station, and later on the hospital, Otazi denied giving his youngsters poison to drink. Even when Success pointed to him as his father and the one that gave him and his siblings the poison, Otazi vehemently denied. As an alternative, he shifted the blame to Levi.
He stated: “Police came to my house with my brother (Preye Eyah) on January 2 morning to arrest me. What happened was that on Saturday 29, I went home to pick my three children living with my mother. I took them from the village to come for deliverance service at George Odoko Power Outreach Ministries where I worship. I was told at the church on Saturday that I should come back on Wednesday, Jan 2, which is the deliverance day. My younger brother, Levi came with me from the village. Since I was told to come back to the church, I instructed him to take the children back to the village and I gave him N1000, so I left for my home until this morning when I was told about what happened.”
In an interview with Saturday Solar, Otazi lamented that branding his youngsters wizards has introduced a lot disgrace to him and he had severally referred to as the Group Improvement Committee (CDC) and youth president to complain concerning the harassment his youngsters have been being subjected to day by day. He accused his family members, together with Preye Ayah, of masterminding the struggling his youngsters handed by means of within the village.
He claimed to have reported the incident on the Biseni Police station. Otazi swore he couldn’t have deliberate the homicide of his two youngsters.
He confirmed that he was sick in August 2018. In accordance with him: “During my sickness one of my brother, Charles introduced me to George Odoko Ministry because that it is the only place I can receive healing. God used George Odoko to heal me. During the process of my healing, the Pastor said I have three children with my former wife and that my ex-wife has bewitched the children to destroy their lives and my family”.
Nevertheless, reality checks on his claims confirmed that he was being economical with the reality. When requested why he didn’t convey the youngsters for the stated deliverance service earlier, since August 2018 when he claimed he acquired therapeutic, he claimed he had been very busy together with his bunkering job and didn’t have time to take them to the church.
For somebody that claimed he attends the church and has met with the presiding pastor, his declare that he was bringing the youngsters for deliverance service on the final Saturday of the month was cockeyed, as a result of it was boldly displayed on the church signpost that deliverance and therapeutic service takes place each first Saturday of the month.
The church, situated at Yenegwe Street, carries the daring inscription: ‘Witches Keep Off. This is a Lion’s Zone.”
The day Saturday Solar visited was counselling day. The church was alleged to be full of people who need to have a one-on-one with the presiding pastor. A woman who claimed to be the secretary (she refused to reveal her identify) stated the counselling session couldn’t maintain as a result of the pastor travelled out of city.
She admitted that the church handles instances of witchcraft, she, nevertheless, couldn’t recollect any case of Otazi and his youngsters.
Subsequently, Apostle Odoko in a press assertion he personally signed and made obtainable to Saturday Solar, had distanced himself and his church from the “crime and calamities” of Otazi. The clergy described makes an attempt to hyperlink him with the alleged acts of Otazi as “mischievous and devilish.”
Odoko who commiserated with the household over the dying of the 2 youngsters insisted that he didn’t reveal any prophecy to Otazi regarding his youngsters.
“There was never a time I met with the said person and gave the prophecy in question. It is nothing but deliberate mischief to rubbish my person and ministry. God’s mission and mandate have no falsehood and I have no hand in the prophecy and I am condemning the dastardly act and heinous crime in a strong term as reported in some section of the media,” he stated.
Because it stands now, Levi, who’s now at giant, is the important thing suspect that may unravel what occurred on that fateful day of December 29, 2018.