A suspected ritual killer who reportedly abducted a three-year-old girl in Ikang, headquarters of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State, is currently cooling off at the police cell.
The suspect was said to have kidnapped the girl while she was playing with her peers on February 28, and hurriedly took her to a nearby forest where it was discovered that he purportedly inflicted injuries on the victim.
He allegedly forced a stick into the little girl’s vagina.
Help came to the girl after it was noticed that she is missing. Residents immediately raised the alarm and a search party combed the nearby forest where the suspected ritual killer was apprehended.
Newsmen reports he was already wrecking havoc on the child’s body.
The state Police Command spokesman, Mr. John Eluu said the suspect is currently in detention and investigations are ongoing.
Subsequently, the suspect was reportedly handed over to the police at Ikang Police Division, while the girl had undergone several surgeries at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH.
Speaking on the incident, one Mr. Uche Okoro, a medical worker in UCTH 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,” Okoro continued, adding 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.
“The concern here is that a family showed up and offered to pay N10, 000 to offset part of the medical bill. We found out that it was the family of the suspect.
My worry here is that how is this possible? Or are they acting on orders of the police?
“We just hope that the police have not compromised,” the medical doctor noted.