A man was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing his two young children because he wanted to get rich, according to police in Nigeria.
Abuja police said that they have arrested 35-year-old Thomas Matthew, after being accused of strangling his 2-month-old son and 4-month-old daughter.
Matthew was also accused of trying to kill his 9-year-old son, but he managed to run away from the home. Matthew is facing charges of two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and assault.
According to the police investigation, Matthew’s father, who was not identified, is part of a cult. The father told Matthew to sacrifice his children for him and in return he would become rich.
At first, Matthew tried to strangle his 9-year-old son, but the child’s mother, who was identified as Bola, managed to save him.
Bola then sent her son to live with her mother. Last year, the couple had a boy. When he was two months old, Matthew strangled him to death.
Bola claims that she did not know how her son died until her husband confessed to strangling him. In June, the couple had a daughter.
Last month, Matthew beat Bola. She ran away from the house, leaving her 4-month-old daughter behind. Matthew then strangled her.
During questioning, Matthew told police that he killed his children after being instructed by his father to do so in order to get rich.