Luck ran out for a ritualist after he was caught in the act recently in Anambra State, south-east Nigeria.

The state police command nabbed the suspect, Ogbonna Nwankwo, a native of Ihite town in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State as he was about to kill his victim.

The 41-year-old suspect had lodged at Dollar Inn Motel in Ihite where he met the unsuspecting victim, Bella Joseph, aged 29 who was residing at the motel.

According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed, the suspect attempted to remove the victim’s breast after stabbing her with a knife, causing her intestine to come out before his eventual arrest.

“On the 2/9/2020 at about 8:am, there was a report of attempted murder of one Bella Joseph, ‘f’ aged 29 years who resided at Dollar Inn Motel Ihite in Orumba South LGA in Anambra State. A lodger at the motel who goes by the name Ogbonna Nwankwo ‘m’ aged 41 years of Ihite town in the same LGA, made the report” Mohammed said.

According to Mohammed, The Suspect actually tried to murder the lady inside the motel room. He wanted to do it by stabbing the victim with a knife on her stomach and also he tried to cut off her right side breast using the same knife for ritual purpose thinking she was dead before he was apprehended following her shout for help which attracted the attention of the motel manager.

“The Police operatives attached to Umunze division visited the scene of the crime and rushed the lady to a specialist hospital in Nnewi for treatment

“The suspect was also taken to the hospital for treatment because of how he was beaten by an angry mob but he is under police guard.”

Mohammed said a blood-stained knife was recovered from the scene, adding that the Commissioner of Police, CP John B. Abang has ordered that the case be escalated for speedy prosecution.

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