A coffin maker simply identified as Papa Ogada, dumped his 14-year-old son in a well, accusing him of being behind his inability to be successful in his business.
It was gathered that Ogada, who is from Abia State, had been complaining that his son was a wizard, who had caused him serial misfortunes since reuniting with him.
A source said:
“The truth is that the man has been separated from the boy’s mother. Since the boy came back from his mother’s place where he lived, the man has been accusing him of being a wizard.
“He once told us that he had consulted many spiritualists, who told him that his son is a wizard and is behind the problems he has had in his business.
“We are not surprised that he went this far.”
According to reports, Ogada had contacted one of his friends, who helped him tie up the boy along with his school uniform, books and every other belonging he had and drove off at about 9 p.m. to neighbouring Abiaka village, where they dumped him in an abandoned well.
An eyewitness in Abiaka village said:
“Some of us had already retired for the day when we started hearing shouts and cries coming from the location of the abandoned well, but we thought people were fighting.
“As the shouts increased, we summoned courage and got to the area and discovered that it was coming from the abandoned well. We got a rope and bucket, threw them inside and the boy managed to cling to and was pulled out.
“He was already weak with injuries. We thanked God the well had been out of use; he might not have survived.”
The teenager is said to be receiving medical attention at a hospital, while his father is MIA.
When the Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, DSP Ezekiel Onyeka was contacted he said the incident had not been reported to the Police.