Four Suspects have been arrested by the operatives of the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of Akwa Ibom State Police Command, for selling human parts. They were caught when on their way to sell a skull.
The suspects Emmanuel Edet Ikot, 17, from Edeabasi, Oron; Ubong Udong, 18; Bright Effiong Okon, 19 and Okon Ita, 20, from Orukim were nabbed at Mbo Local Government Area of the state when a vigilante caught them in possession of a human skull, thereby alerting the police.
However, the alleged leader of the gang, Emmanuel Edet in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper denied the accusation, saying, “I was paid to cut grass and clean up an uncompleted building by one man in Oron.
“As I was clearing the place, I stumbled on a human skull. I then rushed to inform my friends of what I found and in the company of those my friends, we went to pick the human skull.
“After picking it, we decided to sell it, but we did not know of any possible buyer. So, it was suggested by one of us that we take it to a native doctor in Mbo. The four of us went together but on our way, we were held by the youth leader of Mbo.
“After the skull was found on me, he called the police to arrest us. That is why we are here. I have not sold human parts before.”
Meanhwile, the Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Delia Nwawe, confirmed the arrests, saying the suspects were arrested by officers of the CID of the command in Mbo Local Government Area on receiving an alert from vigilant youths in the area.
He added that the suspects would be charged to court for the law to take its due course.