Chris Elvis was arrested after he allegedly padlocked his 4-year-old son’s mouth shut to stop the boy from screaming while he beat him.
In addition to locking his mouth shut, Elvis burned his son’s body with a hot iron and locked him in a plastic drum. Eventually, the boy died.
Elvis accused his son of being an “Ogbanje” or “child of evil”, and blamed the boy for bad luck in recent days.
When the boy’s mother returned to their Meiran area home in Lagos from the market, she immediately called police.
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When police arrived, Elvis attempted to act mentally ill, though police reported that he was of sound mind during the alleged incident.
Elvis is currently being held in custody and has been charged with murder.
Religious leaders in Nigeria sometimes claim children are possessed by demons and blame them for local tragedies. In the past, children have been poisoned, buried alive and bathed in acid.