Adding to the spate of recent kidnappings and killings in the country, the people of Ikang, headquarters of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, have seen the arrest of a suspected ritual killer who reportedly abducted a three-year-old girl.
The girl was kidnapped by the suspect while she was playing with her peers on February 28, and hurriedly taken to a nearby forest where it was discovered that he purportedly inflicted injuries and allegedly forced a stick into the little girl’s vagina, wrecking havoc on the child’s body.
As soon as the girl was noticed missing, residents immediately raised the alarm and a search party combed the nearby forest where the suspected ritual killer was apprehended.
The girl has reportedly undergone several surgeries at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, while the suspect was handed over to the police at Ikang Police Division.
The state Police Command spokesman, Mr. John Eluu confirmed the suspect is currently in detention and investigations are ongoing.
A medical worker at UCTH, speaking on the incident said the little child was brought to the hospital in a critical condition. Okoro said:
“I picked interest in the matter shortly after family of the suspected ritual killer came to the hospital and offered to pay N10,000 as part of the medical expenses.
“The incident happened at Ikang in Bakassi LGA. The three-year-old girl was brought to the UCTH in a critical condition. She was abducted by a suspected ritual killer and taken to the bush.
“Another girl that was with her when the incident happened immediately raised the alarm and a search party went to look for the little girl. She was found in the bush and the suspect was apprehended.
“Meanwhile, another one-year-old baby was found dead not too far from where the girl was rescued.”
The medical worker added that the girl was already bleeding profusely because she had machete cut and a wood was forced into her vagina.
“It was learnt that the suspect was handed over to the police while the child was brought to us for treatment, but at the moment, the hospital has carried out series of surgeries on her and she is in a stable condition.”