The Anambra State Police Command on Sunday arrested a man suspected to be a security guard with the Nnewi Diocese of the Anglican Church, for being in possession of human parts.
Speaking on the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Sam Okaula, who declined to give the suspect’s name, says he is a ‘cannibal’.
“He is with us. Some human parts were found in his possession; and I think he is just a cannibal,” said Okaula, before adding that there was no concrete evidence the suspect was trading in the parts.
The Anglican Church has moved to disown the security guard, with the Venerable Godwin Agba, the administrative secretary of the Diocese of Nnewi Anglican Communion, claiming the suspect was never their employee.
A top security source who spoke to Punch said the bubble bust for the suspect when dogs on a hunting expedition sniffed out the alleged human parts at Ukunu Eziora Ozubulu community in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state.
“An eyewitness said the suspect, whose name was not given, was seen by hunters, who had no premonition that a human killer was in the bush,” the source said.
“The hunters were in the bush with their two dogs, which went ahead of them, only to come back to inform their owners with signs they interpreted to mean that there was an unusual discovery.
“When the hunters followed the dogs to a particular point in the bush, they were startled to see fresh dismembered human body, including the legs, hands and as well as clothes suspected to belong to victims.
“The hunters, including two persons identified as Paul and Chimezie, were said to have rushed back home to contact members of Ozubulu vigilance group, who immediately followed them to the spot in the bush, but could not see those human parts any more.
“After a long search, a man was seen in the bush, who happened to be a security man working at a higher institution under construction.
“He was confronted by a combined team of the hunters and vigilantes, who arrested him in connection with the discovery.”
After interrogation, he confessed that he roasted the human parts for his customers who would drive into the forest at wee hours to purchase both for rituals and for eating.
The remains of the victims found with the suspect have been deposited at a mortuary as police continue with investigations.