A 54-year-old man, Valentine Ebani, was paraded on Thursday by the Cross River State Police Commandfor being in possession of the decomposed head of a police inspector, Michael James, who was recently killed in Uyanga, in the Akamkpa Local Government Area of the state.
Seven other culprits were arrested alongside Ebani, who was identified as the chief priest and village head of Uyanga,
Naija News learnt that the Police Inspector was killed on December 25, 2017 during a communal clash between Uyanga and neighbouring Ojor, both in the Akamkpa LGA, after his death, his head was taken to the village shrine.
The communities had in recent times been involved in violent communal clashes that had claimed the lives of several persons, while property worth millions of naira was destroyed.
James was beheaded by rioting youths in Uyanga where he had taken his family on a visit to his in-laws at Ojor village when he was .
Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, The state Commissioner of Police said the late policeman had visited his in-law, ASP Dominic Umoh, in Ojor village when the incident happened.
“While buying fuel, Uyanga youths, without provocation, attacked, killed and beheaded him. His corpse has yet to be found. However, his severed head has been recovered at Uyanga shrine.
“The youths also seized the late inspector’s AK-47 rifle, with double magazines and set ablaze his Toyota Sienna, with number plate, ENU 683 NK,” he said.
Inuwa said police investigation led to the arrest of Isaac Akpan, Benjamin Abakum, Patrick Edet and Famous Archibong.
Other suspects are Effiong Odu, Ndifon Arong and Wisdom Inok.
Inuwa said items recovered from the suspects included one locally-made pistol, 17 empty cartridges, underwear of the deceased and one human skull.
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