UYO— Luck ran out of four young men said to be trading in human
parts as they were, yesterday, arrested by operatives of Criminal
Investigation Department, CID, of Akwa Ibom State Police
Command, when the suspects went looking for a buyer of a human
skull in their possession.
The suspects and their ‘cargo’.
The suspects are Emmanuel Edet Ikot, 17, from Edeabasi, Oron;
Ubong Udong, 18; Bright Effiong Okon, 19 and Okon Ita, 20, from
The alleged leader of the group, Emmanuel Edet, denied the
accusation, saying he only stumbled on a human skull while
working at an uncompleted building for a man (names withheld) in
The Akwa Ibom State Police Public Relations Officer, Delia Nwawe,
who spoke on behalf of the Commissioner, Mr. Murtala Mani, said
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 said with the arrests effected, the suspects would be charged to
court for the law to take its course.
Speaking with Vanguard , leader of the gang, Mr. Emmanuel Edet,
said: “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.”