Akwa Ibom State Police command has arrested four suspects including a woman Christiana Wilson for the murder of a 19 year old boy, Edidiong Wilson in Eket Local Council of the state.
They also arrested three other persons for the attempted murder of a middle aged woman after abducting her two children for sale.
State Commissioner of Police Mr Andrew Amiengheme while parading the suspects on Friday in Uyo said that the deceased was also beheaded by the suspects, one week after he was killed for haunting them.
The middle aged woman in the murder case is said to be the step mother of the deceased while she was said to have given the other suspects N1,500 to entertain themselves after the act.
“Investigations revealed that the principal suspect, Christiana conspired with four others and abducted her step son to a nearby bush at Ikot Usekong where the victim was beaten to death.
“The suspects buried the deceased in the said bush and later went back to exhume the decomposed body, cut off the head and buried it separately on 30th of December, 2020 at about 7pm on the grounds that his ghosts was disturbing them. They there after fled to Ondo State.
“Christiana stated in her statement that sometimes in September, 2020, she gave the deceased N100,000 being part of the proceeds from the sale of the late husband’s vehicle to keep for her, but when she demanded for the money from the deceased, he told her that he saved the money in a micro finance bank in Eket and never returned same.
“This prompted her to contact her son in law, one Saviour Peter who came with other suspects to abduct the victim. All the suspects have confessed to the crime and will be charged to Court.” Amiengheme explained.
The suspects however said that they did not murder the deceased but that he died while they were beating him after complaining of ulcer pains.
According to the commissioner, the three other suspects, Benjamin Okon, Gideon Edet and Ekemini Akpan were all arrested by the Police with the cooperation of youths in Mbiabong, Ibiono Ibom Local Council following a distress call.
“Investigations revealed that on the 20th of March, 2021, one Grace Sampson Edem visited her sister in-law in company of her two male children, who were eight years and nine months old respectively.
“While on her way back, the boy friend of the sister in-law, one Gideon Anthony connived with two others, one Benjamin Essien and Inemesit Asuquo Okon and c one Johnny now at large, matcheted the victim on the neck, believing her to be dead, abducted her two sons.
“The Police in collaboration with the youths conducted a search in and around the area where they arrested the said Gideon Anthony and recovered the said children from him that same night.
“Investigations further revealed that the said Ekemini Akpan had already contacted a nurse, one Joy tosell the children. All the suspects have confessed to the crime.” He explained.
Other suspects arrested include one Utibe Ezekiel, an Engineering student of Akwa Ibom State University for unlawful possession of firearms, two other for attempted child stealing in Uruan Local Council and one other suspect, Daniel Okon from Mbo Local Council for the kidnap of a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nkeruwem Ukoh.