The Delta State Police Command has arrested Godfrey Akpudje, a native doctor who is accused of exhuming a body from a grave and removing the skull.
According to a statement released by the Command’s spokesman, Bright Edafe, Akpudje was arrested after the incident was reported to the station by a family of the deceased victim.
The incident occurred in the state’s Ekpan Ovu region. Two human skulls were discovered during the suspect’s detention, according to police. Osun State, according to Akpudje, is where he received one of the human skulls.
According to authorities, he claimed it came from a native doctor who is now deceased.
Three suspects, Monday Nwite, Madabuchi Nweke, and Nwite Sunday, were also caught with a container filled with fresh human blood in another investigation.
They allegedly confessed to murdering unidentified people in Ebonyi State and were on their way to a native doctor with the blood of the victims. They said they were bringing the blood to the native doctor for ritual purposes.
“The Delta State Police Command, under the watchful eye of CP Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, psc+, is not leaving any stone unturned,” the police statement said. Officers and men have continued to pay close attention to the CP’s police tactics.
“The CP has continuously pressed it on DPOS, tactical commanders, and officers and men of the command to be on their toes. He also mandated DPOS to step up patrol in their area of responsibilities, gather intelligence, and make the presence of the police felt in the state. This will go a long way to deter criminals from showing their ugly faces.
“On the 24/6/2021 at about 1700hrs, one Ejiro Okoro ‘m’ 35 years reported that his sister (name withheld) aged 65 years who died sometime in 2019 and was buried at Ekpan Ovu, that the corpse was exhumed by an unknown person. On the strength of this report, the DPO Isiokolo Division swung into action, and detailed police detectives to investigate.
”During the course of investigation, information gathered through intelligence revealed that, it was one Godfrey Akpudje ‘m’ 60 years who happens to be a native doctor that exhumed the corpse, and removed the skull, he was immediately arrested and two human skulls were recovered from him. He said he got one of the human skulls from Osun state from a native doctor who is now late, investigation is ongoing.
“On the 28/6/2021 at about 1145hrs, Dragon patrol team 31 while on stop and search duty at Nsukwa junction along Ogwashi-Uku/Kwale road intercepted a commuter sienna bus travelling from Asaba to Kwale, all passengers were asked to submit themselves for search.
“During the search, three suspects were found with a container filled with Fresh human blood, the three suspects namely Monday Nwite ‘m’ 27 years, Madabuchi Nweke ‘m’ 26 years and Nwite Sunday ‘m’ 21 years all of Ebenta village in Ohaukwu LGA, Ebonyi State were immediately arrested.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to have murdered some unknown persons in Ebonyi State and were on their way with the murdered person’s blood to a native doctor whose identity is unknown for now but resides in Kwale.
“They were taking the blood to the said native doctor for rituals purposes. One rosary necklace tied with charms was also recovered from them. The investigation is ongoing.”
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