A palm tree cutter, Onyebuchi Ezeh has been arrested for allegedly harvesting genitals of a 72-year old woman and other parts of her body in Umunze in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The suspect, a native of Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, confessed that he, together with two other friends carried out the act for money rituals on the instruction of a native doctor.
He said the doctor had promised to turn them into billionaires if they made available the required items.
The septuagenarian was said to have been rescued by neighbours, who later took her to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Amaku where she is recuperating.
Reacting to the incident, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo expressed sadness over the development, pledging to collaborate with the police to ensure justice was served.
Obinabo who spoke through her Media Aide, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu also assured that other accomplices would be apprehended and charged.
She said, “The incident was discovered after the survivor raised alarm on Thursday. One of her workers, alongside two other men stampeded her in her house and cut off her genital organs including nipple, ear, fingers among others.
“The culprit by name Onyebuchi Ezeh who was later caught, confessed that they were sent by a native doctor to get the needed organs of the 72-year old in order to become billionaires.
“The culprit hails from Abakaliki in Ebonyi state, and usually helps the victim in cutting palm-trees. He was said to have explained that they embarked on the act because they wanted to get rich according to the assurances of the native doctor.
“The culprit is said to be currently held at the State Criminal Investigative Department of the State Police Command Awka and will soon to be arraigned before the Children and Gender Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka.”