The Police Command in Cross River has confirmed the arrest of a woman who allegedly beheaded her 11 months child in Yonen community of Ugep, Yakurr Local Government Area of the state.
The Spokesperson of the command, SP Irene Ugbo gave the confirmation on Wednesday in Calabar.
She said that the child was killed 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that 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.