The incident occurred at Amagu-Uwani in Igbo-Etiti area of Enugu State. The herbalist, now at large, had, at different times, successfully tested the charms he prepares for “bad guys”, which was said to protect against bullets and cutlass, on Obumuneme.
But this time, the herbalist, after covering the boy’s body with concoctions, fired a shot at him and it went through his vital organs, leaving him unconscious instantly.
The state Police PRO, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident in a statement to newsmen, adding that the command had activated a manhunt for the fleeing herbalist.
“The herbalist, Ekene Oluka, from the same kindred with the deceased, had allegedly tested his charms for protection against guns on the deceased. It was further gathered that the suspect had earlier tested that of cutlass on the deceased, which allegedly worked out for him.
“However, this time it did not work, which caused severe injury on the head of the deceased, leaving him unconscious.
“He was confirmed dead as he was being rushed to the hospital. The body was deposited at the hospital mortuary of Attah Memorial Hospital, Aku.
Meanwhile, the suspect and his parents have deserted their homes to unknown destinations, while a manhunt for the fleeing suspect has been intensified.