The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a 35-year-old man, Mr. Idorenyin Essien, who allegedly poured kerosene on his son and burnt him to death.
NAN reports that the incident happened in Afia Nsit community in the Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom.
The spokesman for the command, Mr. Mac-Don Achibe, confirmed the development while speaking with newsmen in Eket on Tuesday.
He said the incident, which occurred on August 30, was reported to the police by Essien’s neighbours.
Achibe said the case would be charged to court after police investigation.
Sources in the community told journalists that Essien, 35, burnt his son to death for allegedly stealing N500 from a neighbour’s house to buy food.
According to those familiar with the matter, Essien sent the minor to buy kerosene, which the son did.
It was learnt that the father tied the boy with a rope, doused him with the kerosene and set him ablaze. Sources said the boy was rushed to hospital but later died.