The lifeless body of a 10-year-old boy has been found in Azumini community, Isiokpo, in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State and two suspects in connection with the murder have been apprehended.
It was gathered that the headless body of the boy identified as Destiny Peter, was found in a bush in the community on Friday, November 12.
It was also gathered that his intestine had been removed by the suspected ritualists.
A resident, who spoke to Punch on condition of anonymity, claimed that such a thing had never happened in the community.
“This may be a ritual killing, but nobody knows for sure. Let the government and the police come and help us get to the bottom of the killing of this poor innocent boy. We heard that the boy was living with his aunt, but she was not around when somebody came to take him out. When she came back, she did not see the boy and she started shouting and crying,” he added.
The victim’s aunt, Victory Johnson, who said that Destiny lived with her for over seven years, explained that he was last seen around 4.30pm last Thursday after a neighbour invited him to his house.
Victory said Destiny’s body was found following the intervention of some youths after a girl stated that she sighted him with an unidentified man moving towards a bush.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the murder.
“Yes, I can confirm it. The matter, for now, has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department and justice will be served,” he added.