The genitals of a 72-year-old woman identified as Onyebuchi Ezeh has been cut off including other parts of her body by her domestic staff, in an attempt to use them for money rituals.
This publication learnt that the incident happened in Umunze, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Thursday.
The victim was reportedly rescued by neighbors who later took her to the hospital after she raised the alarm and the suspect confessed that he and some others at large, committed the act on the instruction of a native doctor, who had promised to make them rich if they brought the required organs.
Confirming the incident to journalists on Sunday, the media assistant to the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, said the victim is currently recuperating at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka, where the commissioner, Ify Obinabo, had visited the victim.
She also said the commissioner expressed sadness over the development while assuring the victim that other persons involved in the crime would also be apprehended and charged to court.
Chidinma added that the suspect is currently at the State Criminal Investigative Department of the Anambra State Police Command, Awka, and will soon be arraigned before the Children and Gender Based Violence Magistrate Court in Awka, soon.
She said: “The incident was discovered after the survivor raised the alarm on Thursday. One of her workers alongside two other men stampeded her in her house and cut off her genital organs including nipple, ear, fingers among others.
“The culprit by name Onyebuchi Ezeh who was later caught, confessed that they were sent by a native doctor to get the needed organs of the 72-year-old woman in order to become billionaires.
“The suspect hails from Abakaliki in Ebonyi State, and usually helps the victim in cutting palm-trees. He was said to have explained that they embarked on the act because they wanted to get rich according to the assurances of the native doctor.”