The suspect, it was learnt, abducted the girl while she was playing with her peers, and hurriedly took her to a nearby forest where it was discovered that he had inflicted injuries on the victim.
Naijayouthsblog.com gathered on Tuesday that the incident happened on February 28, 2016 in Ikang, headquarters of Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The girl was said to have been rescued after her peers immediately raised the alarm and a search party combed the nearby forest where the suspected ritual killer was apprehended when he was already wreaking havoc on the child’s body.
The suspect was said to have been handed over to the police at Ikang Police Division, while the girl (names withheld) had undergone several surgeries at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
A medical worker in UCTH, Mr. Uche Okoro, who narrated the situation to Southern City News, said the little child was brought to the hospital in a critical condition.
Okoro said he picked interest in the matter shortly after family of the suspected ritual killer had come to the hospital and offered to pay N10,000 as part of the medical expenses.
He said, “The incident happened at Ikang in Bakassi LGA. The three-year-old girl was brought to the UCTH in a critical condition. She was said to have been abducted by a suspected ritual killer and taken to the bush.
“Another girl that was with her when the incident happened immediately raised the alarm and a search party went to look for the little girl. She was found in the bush and the suspect was apprehended.
“Meanwhile, another one-year-old baby was found dead not too far from where the girl was rescued. The girl was already bleeding profusely because she had machete cut and a wood was forced into her vagina. It was learnt that the suspect was handed over to the police while the child was brought to us for treatment.
“At the moment, the hospital has carried out series of surgeries on her and she is in a stable condition. But the concern here is that a family showed up and offered to pay N10, 000 to offset part of the medical bill.
“We found out that it was the family of the suspect. My worry here is that how is this possible? Or are they acting on orders of the police? We just hope that the police have not compromised.”
Spokesman of the Cross River State Police Command, Mr. John Eluu, said he had yet to get briefing on the development.