Police authorities in Delta State have arrested a young man after he allegedly attacked his mother, a foodstuff seller at Okuokoko Market, with a cutlass.
The incident occurred last Tuesday, in Okuokoko town, in Okpe Local Government Area of the State.
An eyewitness said that the victim is lying critically ill at a hospital after surviving the attack.
He further revealed that the woman’s son, Emma Ere-Eganoma, who is now in police custody, invited his mother to his home for undisclosed reasons.
The News reports that immediately the woman entered into her son’s residence, the son locked the gate and attempted to butcher her with the cutlass.
Another source disclosed that the suspect also attempted to pluck out his mother’s eyes, perhaps for ritual purpose, causing apprehension among residents of the densely populated Okpe community.
A source narrated: “The mother, on getting to the house, met her son in merry mood, with loud music playing from a stereo.
“After the arrival of the woman, the son immediately locked the entrance, brought out a matchete and used it on his mother.”
It was the victim's screams that attracted residents from the neighbourhood.
They reportedly broke the suspect’s apartment door to rescue the woman who was already bleeding and rushed her to an undisclosed hospital in the area where she is receiving treatment.
The residents also apprehended the suspect and handed him over to operatives Okpe Police Division.
When contacted, Delta State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, confirmed the incident.
He said: “The boy is in custody, but we cannot ascertain if he was about using the mother for ritual because the mother is in the hospital.
“We are waiting for her to be discharged so she can tell us what happened. The boy said he was not using her for rituals. He just had some flimsy explanation, but we can’t come to a conclusion until we hear from the woman.”