Police in Tororo is holding a pastor and three other people accused of murdering a 6-year-old boy in child sacrifice rituals.
Pastor Ponsiano Olowo from Kisoko Gwarara Church, 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 were arrested on Thursday on claims of being involved in killing a young boy.
The dumped body was found with his eyes missing and the skin peeled off his face in Mella Bridge in Podut A village.
According to the boy’s father Patrick Osinde, a group of machete-wielding men came attacked his house on Monday night and held him hostage for over 10 minutes. Another group entered his mother’s house where his children sleep and made off with his child.
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Osinde says that after the incident, he filed a case of kidnap at Mile 8 police post in Magola Sub County.
The police launched a hunt for the missing child until they found the body on Thursday morning with marks indicating he was killed as a sacrifice.
Police commander Rodgers Chebene and his team moved with a sniffer dog to the scene. The dog led them 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 have been hosting Pastor Ponsiano Olowo for over two weeks at his home as they planned to sacrifice the child. On hearing this account, police rushed to Obbo’s home and found Pastor Ponsiano and his collaborator. They survived being lynched by a mob before being whisked away to the Central Police Station together with Obo’s wife.
Tororo DPC Rodgers 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.