Police in Abia have arrested a 28-year-old man, who claimed to be a native doctor, for allegedly being in possession of some human parts.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Leye Oyebade, told newsmen in Umuahia on Tuesday that the suspect was arrested for “unlawful possession” of a human skull and bone.
Oyebade said that the suspect was arrested in his home in Olokoro, in Umuahia South Local Government Area of the state, following a tip-off from members of the public.
He said that the man could not give cogent account of how he acquired the items, when he was interrogated by the police.
Oyebade alleged that the skull and bone were suspected to be those of a murdered victim.
The suspect, however, denied the allegation, saying that the items were handed over to him by his late uncle, who was also a native doctor.
He said, “It was my people that reported me to the police because I use the skull and bone to perform magic.
“Anytime I touch somebody, his manhood will disappear once I have the items on me.”
The suspect, who also claimed to be a mason, said that the police “succeeded in arresting me because the charm travelled when they raided my house”.
He described his arrest by the police as “unlawful” and demanded that he should be released and allowed “to go home in peace”.
According to him, there is no law that allows the police to arrest native doctors.
The police boss also said that another suspect was arrested during a raid of Cemetery Market in Aba for producing fake gin and other drinks.
He said that man was arrested in his factory at the market, while producing the fake products.
He said that 24 bottles of St. Remy, five cartons of Schnapps, empty schnapps raps, and two bottles of 501 hot drinks were recovered from the factory during the raid.
The suspect, however, denied the allegation by the police that he was into the production of fake gin and other drinks.
He told newsmen that he neither owned a shop nor factory in the market.
He said, “I only came there to buy perfume because that is where you can get original perfumes at affordable price, unknown to me that the police were raiding the market.
“While I was walking along the business line unsuspectingly, a policeman ordered me to enter a shop where ladies’ hair attachments were sold, saying that I was under arrest.”
He denied ownership of the items allegedly recovered from him, saying that he knew nothing about them.
The suspect said that he was arrested on Saturday and later taken to Umuahia in handcuffs, describing his arrest and detention as “great injustice”.