Horror, as head of police inspector is found with chief priest in Cross River shrine
– The Cross River Police has paraded one Valentine Ebani, the chief priest of Uyanga community, for being in possession of the decomposed head of a police inspector
– The deceased, Michael James, was murdered by rioting youths during a communal clash in December 2017, and his head was severed from his body
– The chief priest was arrested alongside 7 other suspects believed to have carried out the murder and taken the head to the shrine
A 54-year-old man, Valentine Ebani, was paraded by the Cross River State Police Command on Thursday, January 11, after he was found to be in possession of the decomposed head of a police inspector, Michael James, Punch reports.
Seven other individuals were arrested alongside Ebani, who was identified as the chief priest and village head of Uyanga.
NAIJ.com gathers that the 7 others were suspected to have taken the severed head to the village shrine, after murdering Inspector James.
James was killed and beheaded in the Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state on December 25, 2017.
The inspector was murdered by rioting youths, during a communal clash between the Uyanga and Ojor communities which have been involved in violent communal clashes in recent times.
The incident took place during a trip with his family, to see his in-laws at Ojor village.
Hafiz Inuwa, the state’s commissioner of police, who spoke on the development, disclosed that James had been on a visit to his in-law, ASP Dominic Umoh.
He stated; “While buying fuel, Uyanga youths, without provocation, attacked, killed and beheaded him. His corpse has yet to be found. However, his severed head has been recovered at Uyanga shrine.
“The youths also seized the late inspector’s AK-47 rifle, with double magazines and set ablaze his Toyota Sienna, with number plate, ENU 683 NK.”
The CP stated that investigations carried out by the police had led to the arrest of Patrick Edet, Famous Archibong, Benjamin Abakum, Ndifon Arong, Wisdom Inok and Effiong Odu.
Among the items recovered from the suspects were one locally-made pistol, 17 empty cartridges, underwear of the deceased and one human skull.
Inuwa further disclosed that during the festive period, 529 suspected criminals had been arrested.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a human rights group, Advocates of social Justice for All, urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate reports on 23 human skulls found in Cross River state by the Nigerian military.
Speaking during a press briefing, the group said the presence of human skulls is barbaric and must be investigated.
The group’s executive director Andrew James commended the Nigerian military for making such discovery.
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