The Yuletide celebration has turned sour for a 60-year-old herbalist in Calabar, identified as Ani Ikoneto whose private parts was bitten off and eaten by his dog.
This incident occurred on Christmas Eve. The herbalist, who resides at 12, Jebbs Street in Calabar South, according to neighbours, went on a drinking spree and returned home drunk.
“When he came back, we had gone to bed but some people were still outside.
“He went inside his room and slept off without shutting the door and because of too much drink, he excreted on himself.
“His dog that was outside smelt the poo and went inside to eat it.
“In the process, the dog ate his private parts thinking it was meat or part of the excreta,” Itoro, his neighbor, said.
When the man raised an alarm, his neighbours rushed to his house and discovered what had transpired.
“When we heard him scream, we thought hoodlums had attacked him.
“But when we got there, we saw that his private part was gone and his dog had blood on its mouth,” the neigbour said.
As he was covered with poo and bleeding, Itoro said the man could not be rushed to the hospital immediately but had to be cleaned up first.
“By the time we finished cleaning him of the shit, he was bleeding so much and on the way to the hospital he died,” she added.
The man lived alone as his daughters were married and lived away from him.
He was taken to his village, Ikoneto on Boxing Day for burial.
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