A commercial bus driver in Igwuruta Village in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State has confessed that he used the human skull found in his possession for money ritual.
The suspect, Onwuzuruike Nwakaogwu(pictured) who is a member of a popular cult group in Igwuruta Village, Dey-Well stated that the skull was that of a woman named Victoria, who was mobbed to death after she was caught stealing in a farm in the village.
Nwakaogwu, 41, who was paraded by the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Tunde Ogunsakin said that the he positioned the skull in one corner in his house, and it would spew out N10, N20, N50 notes whenever he poured ‘kain kain’ (alcoholic drink) on it before reciting incantations.
His words: “It is true the police found the human skull in my room. I was the one who kept it there. The gun and live cartridges that they also found in my room belong to me. I am a hunter so I use them for hunting.”
On how he came about the skull, Nwakaogwu said: “I saw it in the bush about two weeks before my arrest. I was in the bush on ‘patrol’ when I came across the skull by luck. I know the lady to whom the skull belonged. Her name was Victoria and she was a tenant in our village. She was from Imo State. I learnt she went to steal cassava in the farm and she was beaten to death, after which she was roasted. The incident occurred over two years ago.
“I was not around on that day but learnt about it when I returned to the village. When I stumbled on the skull two weeks ago, I decided to pick since nobody was in need of it. I took it to my room and kept it there. Anytime I had alcoholic drink, I poured it on the skull, waiting for it to bring money that I could use.
“Since I got the skull, I had been able to get N4,000, but not at once. It used to be in N10, N20, N50 notes. I did not know how and from where the money used to come because I would have locked my door. I usually met the money on the floor in the corner of my room where I kept the skull. I surrounded it with bitter kola so as to prevent ants from destroying it.”
The suspect also confessed further: “I belong to Dey-Well cult group which I joined in 1995. I am an ordinary member. I joined the cult group so that I could get help from other members anytime I had problem. We help one another during ceremonies like burial. That doesn’t stop me from going to church as a Christian.
“I started smoking marijuana since five years ago but I am not a kidnapper as is being said. I was once arrested by Elembu Division over a goat stolen by my friend. I had no hand in the stealing.”