Nigeria: 4 Persons Arrested Over Cannibalism
Police in the north western Nigerian state of Zamfara says they have arrested four people allegedly involved in cannibalism and also selling human organs, a rare phenomenon in the region. The suspects were arrested after detectives found a corpse too in an uncompleted building with some body parts missing, Ayuba Elkanah,
the state’s commissioner of police told journalists on Thursday. Discovery happened during an investigation into the disappearance of a nine year old boy. Suspects, two men and two teenage boys, were also arrested last week, Mr Elkanah said, adding that other members of the gang were all being tracked down. The Police chief
said investigations had revealed that the alleged ring leader had on two occasions paid the other suspects N500,000 ($1,200; £880) for the human parts. Zamfara is one of the states worst hit by a wave of killings and kidnappings for ransom and with authorities also facing criticism for failing to tackle the violence. Last week, about 200 people were reportedly killed during a series of raids on several villages in the state.