The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Saturday paraded three suspects caught with a human head in Niger state.
The Commandant of NSCDC in the state, Mr. Philip Ayuba, told journalists in Minna that the suspects were arrested in Mokwa local government area of the state. He said the suspects aged 34, 35 and 24 hail from Ekpa village in Mokwa.
“I invited you here to see three suspects that we arrested for being in possession of a human head.
“After we arrested them, they confessed to us that they own the human head,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the NSCDC commandant as saying to journalists.
Ayuba said the suspects were arrested on Thursday while negotiating the sale of the head in Mokwa.
“Our personnel pretended to be bargaining with them on how much to pay before they were arrested,” he added.
The NSCDC commandant said the suspects had made confessional statements in writing, adding that they would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
The principal suspect told journalists that his brother had invited him to his house to see the human head and assist in getting a buyer.
“I looked for a buyer for five months. So when I approached one Isah to buy the head he agreed and said that he has a buyer in Mokwa.
“When the buyer came we started negotiating the price with him and it was in that process that we were arrested,” he said.
Another suspect claimed that the head belonged to a decomposing female corpse found during a hunting expedition.