The suspect, Samuel Sunday Otasi, who hails from Agbobiri community, Biseni clan, in Yenagoa local government area in Nigeria's Bayelsa state reportedly picked his three sons from a deliverance service in church on December 29, and conveyed them into a bush along Glory Land Drive, Igbogene where he committed the alleged heinous crime in the company of one his cousin.

A Yenagoa-based prophet, George Odoko, of the George Odoko Outreach Ministries was the man of God who reportedly told Otasi that his sons, 14-year-old Success, Miracle and Godstime, 12 and 10 respectively were bewitched by their mother who happens to be the suspect’s estranged wife.

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He said the children were responsible for their father’s illness. It is not clear though if he ordered the killing of the children after declaring them demons.

While the suspect succeeded in killing two of the children, 14-year-old Success who is apparently the eldest managed to escape and was found unconscious by passers-by along the road.

The good Samaritans then rushed him to the hospital where he was treated.

The poor boy narrated his ordeal and a report was filed with the police who quickly initiated a search for the suspects.

They first arrested one Preye said to be the cousin of the children's father, and he led the officers to their house in Okarki, where Otasi was arrested.

After his arrest, the Otasi is reported to have denied knowledge of the death of his children, saying his cousin, one Levi should be held responsible for anything pertaining to the safety or otherwise of the children.