Villagers in the small village of Egbekaw near Mamfe in South Western Cameroon are still coming to terms after one of theirs Oscar Eyong 19, killed, cooked and ate a 7 year boy Last Monday April 8. It took the combined efforts of the divisional officer Ignatius Ekale, the deputy Mayor Tabi Beteck and police officials to tract down Oscar popularly known as “Okoso”. He is now detained at the Mamfe central prison as investigations into the strange incident continues.
Speaking on the telephone from the village, a close relative of Oscar (who did not want to be named) confirmed the story saying the family of the deceased boy has been forced to evacuate their compound. This occurred after the father of the victim and some close family members recovered the intestines of the victim (whom we are not naming for legal reasons) and angrily buried in front of Oscar’s parent’s house. Traditionally, this is supposed to place a spell on the family. Arrangements are now underway to cleanse the compound so that Oscar’s relatives can go back home. They are now living with close relatives.
We are reliably informed the 7 year old victim was abducted by Oscar when his father sent him to the shop to buy a razor blade. Oscar successfully deceived him into following him to a nearby bush.
He later killed and dismembered the victim. He carried the body parts in a bag to his parent’s residence. There, he claims he cooked parts of the thigh of the victim and ate. He threw away the other body parts in a nearby bush but the stench alerted his relatives. They discovered the remains and reported the matter to the police. Oscar fled but was arrested two days later. His father and some family members who were arrested have now been released after investigations indicated they played no part in the incident.
Following police interrogation, Oscar revealed this was the third time he was killing a young boy to eat. He claims he first did it when he travelled to neighbouring Nigerian some time ago. Last year, he claims he also killed another young boy. All his victims were between seven and ten years old.
Oscar dropped out of school in form four in secondary school and reportedly has some mental problems. He spent nine months in Nigeria and told police that is where he learnt to kill and eat children.
Police investigations are continuing.
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