Bayelsa: Man kills friend, sells body parts for rituals

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The deceased had barely spent two weeks in the town when Mr Okpegboro struck him on the skull with a pestle in the night and killed him.

A 34-year-old man, Okpegboro Avwerosuo, has allegedly killed his roommate in Sagbama Town, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Mr Okpegboro was alleged to have sold the deceased’s vital organs to a ‘pastor’ in Port Harcourt, who is currently at large, for ritual purposes.

When contacted, the Bayelsa police spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the story.

Mr Butswat said that the suspect, who hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta, was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.

He said that the name of the victim is yet to be ascertained.

According to a neighbour who pleaded anonymity, the suspect invited the deceased, to Sagbama to join the motorcycle riding business, assuring him that the business was flourishing in the town.

The boom in the mode of transport is because of huge patronage by students as the Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro College of Education (IJBCOE) is located in the town.

The deceased had barely spent two weeks in the town when Mr Okpegboro struck him on the skull with a pestle in the night and killed him.

The neighbour further explained that “after killing him, he dismembered the body, preserved the vital organs and put the other parts in separate sacks which he disposed of in the early hours of the following day.”

He said that while disposing of the sacks, another neighbour, who saw him and suspected his movement, confronted him and demand to know the whereabouts of his roommate.

“The suspect claimed that the deceased had travelled back to Delta State for an urgent business. Not satisfied with his response, the neighbour forced his way into the room and saw bloodstains everywhere.

“The neighbour held him down and alerted the local vigilante which eventually called the police in to arrest the suspect.

“Upon interrogation, before he was handed over to the police, the suspect confessed that he had sold the vital organs of his friend to a ‘pastor’ in Port Harcourt for ritual purposes,” he explained.

The pastor is said to be currently at large.

In a statement, the president of the federated youth council worldwide in the community, Preye Casey, condemned the killing of the young man.

“Just yesterday, the decomposing body of a young man was discovered in the bush with several parts of the body already butchered into pieces and placed in sack bags.

“The Nigeria Police, Sagbama Division, was alerted and it led to the arrest of a young man in Sagbama federated community suspected to have been the perpetrator of the ungodly act,” he said.

He called on Sagbama youths to be vigilant as they went about their normal activities, especially in the wake of the rising insecurity level in the country.

The president, therefore, appealed to the security agencies to find out those behind the murder of the young man

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