A middle aged man at Eliowhani town in Port Harcourt has allegedly cut off the ear of his 15 years old son for refusing to follow him to church.
We gathered that the man whose name is given simply as Nsima was peeved with the son who bluntly told him that he would not follow him to his church but preferred another church which, according to the boy, is where he hoped to receive salvation.
The boy, who gave his name as David Nsima, said that trouble began when the father came dressed up for church and asked him to follow him.
But he refused to lend his ear to him. So,the father was piqued by his lack of interest and picked a knife and struck him, slicing his right ear.
He said; “Later, I reported the case to the Police at the Okporo Police station. The police asked me to go and get a medical report from any government hospital. So, I went to the Health centre at Eliozu. There, I was told to pay N5,000. But because I didn’t have such amount of money, I returned home and a neighbour took me to a near-by chemist shop where anti-tetanus and pain killing injections and drugs were given to me”.
A neighbour, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said, “I was in my house when I heard someone screaming and shouting for help. when I came out I saw David my neighbour’s son covered with blood.I asked him what happened and he told me that his father cut his ear. So, I went to the father to hear his own side. But, he ignored me. While I was still there, I saw David’s step mother pick up the sliced ear and threw it away. I felt so bad about it”.
All attempts to speak with the father proved abortive as he was said to have gone out when our correspondent visited the place.
Also, attempts to speak with the Divisional Police officer (DPO) of Okporo Police station to confirm whether they heard about the case proved abortive.