Mama Chukwudalu revealed that when the boy was reported missing, her husband continued to threaten her when she kept asking where he was.
The wife of the man who killed his son and buried him in a shallow grave opened up about the unfortunate accident.
Chidi Onyishi, 36, was arrested in Enugu state on suspicion of killing his seven-year-old son Chukwudalu for money rituals.
His blind pastor, Okeke Eneokwor, was also arrested for leading Onyishi to kill his son.
Chukwudalu’s mother spoke to BBC Igbo, recounting what happened on 20 October.
The mother of six said she returned home to 25 Taylor Avenue Coal Camp, Enugu on the fateful day to find that Chidalu, who is her third child and second child, was not at home with her siblings.
She said it was unusual because her children obey instructions and whenever you tell them not to leave the house, they stay put.
She said she went out to ask neighbors if they had seen her 7-year-old son, but no one had any idea where he was.
She started calling her husband, but he wasn’t picking up.
He later chose after a long time and said he had no idea where their son was.
She said her husband, a keke driver, later returned home in her keke and saw neighbors sympathize with her as she mourned for her missing son. When asked if he knew where his son had gone, he kept insisting that he would not send his son anywhere, nor take him out.
She said her husband then called her mother to let her know their son was missing.
She left the house not long after, then called Mama Chidalu on the phone, telling her to leave the neighbors and come inside because most of them are witches and wizards.
Mama Chidalu said she immediately started going from one place of prayer to another, and everyone said her son would be found.
Days went by and the son had not yet been found, so Chidi Onyishi reported to the police station two days after her son was missing.
One Saturday, 14 days after the boy disappeared, Mama Chidalu said she was home when her husband returned and asked her if she cooked. She fed him, he ate and slept.
She then heard a knock on the door and when she opened it she said she was a zone president and asked to see her husband.
She came in to wake up her husband and as she was about to go out to meet the president, Mama Chidalu said she asked to go with him, in case the visitor had information about their son, but he told her not to.
After some waiting inside, she said she heard noises outside and went out to see a crowd in front of her house, including police vans. She said she then saw authorities accuse her husband of killing her son for rituals and was taken away.
Crying, Mama Chidalu said that before her husband’s arrest, whenever she recites midnight prayers, shouting to God to take her son home, her husband usually warns her to stop screaming.
She said she then told him on one of those nights that she is crying for the baby she has been carrying for 9 months and does not believe anyone would come into their home to take the baby away.
She said she then begged her husband to tell her if he knows anything about where her son is, but threatened to beat her if she asked again.
She said: “He said ‘If you ask me about Chukwudalu again, I’ll slap you.’ That if he kills me here, is there someone who will ask him why? “
Has continued: “ I told him, yes, I have neither a mother nor a father to speak for me, but Jesus is my mother and my father ».She added that she suffered when she was pregnant with Chidalu because her husband did not provide. She said she had no idea she was pregnant for the first 3 months.
Throughout her pregnancy, she said she was starving because there was no money for food. She added that even after birth, she had nothing to eat and it was her husband’s mother who asked people for charity before getting food donations.
When asked about the church where her husband “sacrificed” her son, Mama Chidalu, who couldn’t stop crying, she said that her husband, who used to go to Catholic church with her and the children, suddenly started going to church. of the pastor and tried to get her to go with him but she refused.
She said: “In fact the church bell that rings sometimes, whenever my children ring it, I object and make it clear that my children are born in the Catholic church and children should not be forced to do what they do not want. When they grow up, they can decide which church they want to go to, but you can’t force a person to join your church. “Has continued: “Initially he told me he goes to the Sabbath church. Later, he said he doesn’t go to the Sabbath that he’s a pastor on his own. I didn’t even know it would be Olumba Olumba: “Because every time I ask him about the church, he starts yelling at me and threatening to slap and kill me.”
According to Enugu police spokesman Daniel Ndukwe, Onyishi buried his son in a shallow grave on the bank of a stream in Abakpa-Nike, Enugu.
He pointed to Pastor Okeke Eneokwor as an accomplice and confessed that it was in Trans Ekulu, Enugu, that the plan to kill his son was hatched.
Chidi Onyishi led the police to the grave where her son was buried and the body was exhumed.