The Cross River State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a woman for allegedly beheading her 11-month-old child in Yonen community of Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of the state.
This was confirmed on Wednesday in Calabar by the Command Spokesperson, SP Irene Ugbo, noting that the child was killed on Tuesday and the police immediately stepped in to prevent mob action against the woman.
Ugbo added that the case will be transferred from Ugep to the homicide department for proper investigation.
She said “It is quite unfortunate and devastating, already she is in protective custody, but the matter will surely be brought to Calabar”.
The Nigerian News gathered that the mother of two allegedly used a machete to behead her baby.
The woman’s 8-year-old son was said to have stumbled on the scene and raised an alarm which attracted neighbors but she was saved from the mob by the timely intervention of the police, who immediately took her into protective custody and moved her out of Ugep.
Meanwhile, the Obol Lopon of Ugep and Paramount Ruler of Yakurr, Obol Ofem-Ubana Eteng, has called for calm as the police investigate the matter.
The royal father said “I immediately convened a meeting with my subjects because even though what happened has desecrated the land, I had to ensure that further bloodshed was averted.”
“We appealed directly to young people in Ugep to tow the path of peace and rational thought in the face of this heinous crime and they positively responded.”
“We are in shock, but we are calm and have left this matter in the hands of the police.”
“I assure you that there will be no reprisal action because we must remain law abiding”.