Tragedy struck in Oku Abak Community, Abak Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State when a middle-aged man allegedly beheaded a woman for alleged ritual.
82- year-old decease identified as Mrs. Cecilia Isong, fondly called ‘Eka Sammy’ and ‘Mma Iko Mbakara, was’ on Saturday beheaded in her farm by Lucky Michael who hails from Delta State.
A witness, Augustine Ekwere, alleged that the suspect was caught by youths of the Community who stripped him naked before he led them to the farm where the body of the deceased was found.
He said the suspect had confessed that a prophetess paid him a hundred and fifty thousand (N150,000) to obtain human head for ritual purpose.
According to him, “The youths of the village caught him and called on the police after their own assessment. The police arrested him and his accomplice.
“Alhough the suspect did not mention the name of the prophetess, he said the cash was already paid to him for the hatchet job.
“At the Police Station, the boy is said to have confessed beheading the woman in the farm because he was paid 150,000 (hundred and fifty thousand Naira) only, by a Prophetess to do so.”
“I am afraid that such a heinous crime could happen in my Community”.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Akwa Ibom State Command, CSP Nnudam Frederick confirmed the incident to The Nation Correspondent in a telephone interview.
He commended the youths of Oku Abak for joining the police to arrest the some suspect.
“I am in the picture. A woman was beheaded in the farm yesterday while working there. Some youths joined the police to comb the bush and some suspects were arrested. ”
Asked if the suspect had confessed killing the deceased for rituals, Frederick sais that the matter is under investigation at police headquarters .
“When I say some suspects have been arrested , it means more than one person have been arrested. But as I speak with you, the matter is under investigation” he said.
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