The suspects

The Bayelsa State Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old man and his brother in Igbogene community in Yenagoa for allegedly killing two of his three sons with poison.

Sunday Otasi was said to have connived with Levi Ayah and tricked his sons into following him into the bush and forcing them to ingest a strong insecticide.

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While two of the sons aged 10 and 12 died, the third who is 14 was able to crawl out of the bush after which he was spotted and rushed to the hospital.

It was when he regained consciousness on Tuesday, the day after he was taken to the hospital, that he narrated a shocking tale.

His doctor said he informed the medical staff that his father had informed them that they were going to the church for deliverance.

“Along the line, he told the bus (conveying them) to stop. They went into a bush and when they got there, with (the aid of) one other man, he tied them and forced them to drink sniper (a locally made insecticide).

His father, however, countered the narrative.

“I did not poison them,” he said, suggesting that somebody else might have.

“Maybe (it happened) on the way going back with Levi. If Levi has done such a thing to my children, I will not argue.”