PUNCH reports that the woman was beheaded by the man after he laid ambush for her when she went to the farm to harvest cassava.
The suspect was said to have cut off the old woman’s head and buried her body in a shallow grave within the precinct of her farm.
A resident of the community, Mr Augustine Ekwere, said the suspect was caught by youths when he dumped the victim’s head in front of his house.
According to him, the suspect was tortured and stripped naked before he took them to the farm, where the body of the deceased was found. Ekwere said:
“The youths of the village caught him and called on the police after their own assessment. The police immediately arrested him and his accomplice.
“The young man confessed to the crime at the Abak Police Station, saying that a prophetess contracted him for N150,000 to bring a human head for rituals.”
He added that although the suspect did not mention the name of the prophetess, the money was already paid to him to execute the job.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Nnudam Fredrick, who confirmed the incident, commended the youth of Oku Abak for their gallantry and coming out to join the police to arrest the principal suspect.
He said some people had been arrested by the police in connection with the crime.
“I am in the picture. An 82-year-old woman was beheaded on her farm on Saturday, while harvesting cassava. Some youths joined the police to comb the bush and some suspects were arrested.
“The police have arrested some suspects in connection with the crime but as we speak, the matter is under investigation at the police headquarters,” Fredrick said.
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