The family of a 14-year-old boy who allegedly drowned in a hotel pool believe he was murdered by his mates for refusing to join a cult group.
The mysterious death of Utibeabasi Imohowo Sampson, a 14-year-old student, in the swimming pool of Pinnacle Hotel, located at Edet Akpan Avenue, Uyo, Akwa State, has pitched the family of the boy and the state police command as the family is not keen to accept the theory that the boy drowned in the pool.
According to the bereaved family, the boy was murdered by his school mates who had invited him to the hotel for a party, and dumped in the pool.
Their position, according to the family, is that when the boy reportedly drowned, the rest of the students who were dressed in all black at the function, did not raise any alarm and were about leaving the hotel premises when the security asked them about the last person in their team, but they casually said he was still enjoying himself inside the pool.
Here is a poser presented by a family member, Emeti Nyong, to the police:
'WHO KILLED UTIBEABASI IMOHOWO?'
"A week ago today, my sister-in-law's nephew, Utibeabasi Imohowo Sampson, was murdered by 7 children ages 14 to 16 at Pinnacle hotels, Edet Akpan Avenue Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The murderers, including a girl, all dressed in black, had lured the 14-year-old boy to the hotel under the pretext of a get together, only for him to be left dead in the pool.
The heartless murderers who are students of Monef Secondary School, Uyo, and children of influential people in the state, were about leaving the hotel without their victim when the gate man who noticed they were 8 when they came in, accosted them and asked them of the eighth person.
The heartless demons mentioned casually that he may still be in the pool and laughed. Even if this boy drowned, why didn't they raise alarm and seek for help? Where were the staff?
The life guard said he went to ease himself, for how long? The police, as usual, are trying to cut corners.
When the case was transferred to the state police headquarters, the parents transported the children in their private cars instead of police vans.
The hotel is still open for business instead of being cordoned off and sealed for investigation. In saner climes the hotel management and staff would be investigated, but they are still going about their normal business.
The Nigerian police force is trying to play games with the boy's family.
Why didn't the hotel staff chase away 7 underage children dressed in all black? A boy that drowned did not swallow water but had blood and foam spewing from his mouth; there was no alarm raised by his purported friends, the hotel staff claimed not to have heard or seen anything.
I want the whole world to hear of the mysterious death of this bright, promising boy whose life was cut short because he refused to be initiated to a cult by 7 heartless, spawns of the devil.
Their parents are fighting tooth and nail to make sure their children are freed while Utibeabasi is lying cold in the morgue, his family in tears.
His mother is inconsolable. The whole circumstances smirks of foul play. May Jehovah, the almighty God, the all seeing, fight for us.
Rise up in your anger, O Jehovah, Stand up against the fury of our enemies; Awake for us and demand that justice is done."