Four arrested over kidnap, murder, skinning of 6-year-old child
The Police in Tororo have arrested a pastor and three other people over the murder of a 6-year-old boy in child sacrifice rituals.
The suspects have been identified as pastor Ponsiano Olowo of Kisoko Gwarara Church, and his co-accused Kenede Obbo a Boda Boda rider with his yet-to-be-identified wife both residents of Ponyira village, and another Wilfred Ochieng a resident of Popany village in Magola Sub County in Tororo district.
The suspects were picked up on Thursday on claims of being involved in killing a young boy and dumping his body in Mella Bridge in Podut A village with his eyes missing and the skin peeled off his face.
Patrick Osinde the deceased’s father says that a group of machete-wielding men attacked his house on Monday night and held him hostage for over 10 minutes while another group entered his mother’s house where his children sleep and made off with his child.
After the incident, he filed a case of kidnap at Mile 8 police post in Magola Sub County which launched a hunt for the missing child until they found the body on Thursday morning lying lifeless with all indications of child sacrifice.
Rodgers Chebene the district police commander led a team of officers with a sniffer dog that led the team to the home of Ochieng who confessed to having been hired for 1 million shilling to murder and skin the boy for money-generating rituals. He told Police that Obbo has been hosting Pastor Ponsiano Olowo for over two weeks at his home as they the sacrifice of the child was being planned.
Police rushed to Obbo’s home and found Pastor Ponsiano and his collaborator who survived being lynched by a mob before being whisked away to the Central Police Station together with Obbo’s wife.
DPC Chebene condemned the act saying it’s beneath human standards, assuring the bereaved family that he will follow the matter to ensure that they are given justice.
He said the four have been charged with murder and child sacrifice and will be arraigned in court to answer to the charges.