A 41-year-old man, Ogbonna Nwankwo, has been arrested by operatives of the Anambra State Police Command for an alleged failed attempt to kill a 29-year-old woman, Bella Joseph, for ritual.
According to available information, the suspect attempted to remove the victim’s breast after stabbing her with a knife, causing her intestine to come out.
According to a statement by the spokesman of the Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, the report of the attempted murder of Joseph was received by the Command on Wednesday at about 8am.
According to the report, Joseph, who resides at Dollar Inn Motel, Ihite in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State, by Nwankwo, a lodger, also of Ihite town in the same LGA.
Mohammed said: “The suspect allegedly attempted to murder the lady inside the motel room by stabbing her with a knife on her stomach and tried to cut off her right side breast using same knife probably for ritual purpose thinking she was dead before he was apprehended following her shout for help which attracted attention of the motel manager.
“Consequently, scene was visited by Police operatives attached to Umunze Division and the victim rushed to specialist hospital Nnewi for treatment. The suspect who was seriously manhandled by angry mob and beaten to stupor was equally arrested by the police and taken to the hospital for treatment under police guard.”
Mohammed said a blood stained knife was recovered at the scene as exhibit and the Commissioner of Police, John B. Abang, has directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation in order to unravel the actual circumstances surrounding the incident.