Anger as woman cuts off baby’s head with cutlass in Cross River community
But for the intervention of the police, a woman who allegedly beheaded her 11-month old baby in Yonen community of Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State would have been lynched in a mob action on Tuesday.
The mother of two allegedly used a machete to cut off the head of the baby.
An eyewitness said the woman`s 8-year-old son stumbled on the scene and raised an alarm which attracted neighbours.
However, the timely intervention of the police, who immediately took the lady into protective custody and moved her out of Ugep, saved her from the mob.
Meanwhile, the Obol Lopon of Ugep and Paramount Ruler of Yakurr, Obol Ofem-Ubana Eteng, has called for calm as the police investigate the matter.
“I immediately convened a meeting with my subjects because even though what happened has desecrated the land, I had to ensure that further bloodshed was averted.
“We appealed directly to young people in Ugep to tow the path of peace and rational thought in the face of this heinous crime and they positively responded.
“We are in shock, but we are calm and have left this matter in the hands of the police.
“I assure you that there will be no reprisal action because we must remain law abiding”, he said.
Cross River Police Command spokesperson, SP Irene Ugbo confirmed the arrest of the woman on Wednesday in Calabar.
According to her, the woman beheaded the child on Tuesday and the police immediately stepped in to prevent mob action against the woman.
Ugbo said that the case will be transferred from Ugep to the homicide department for proper investigation.
“It is quite unfortunate and devastating, already she is in protective custody, but the matter will surely be brought to Calabar,” the spokesman added.