By Sampson Boroh
Residents of Sagbama town in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been thrown into mourning after a 34-year-old man reportedly killed his roommate and sold the deceased’s vital organs to a pastor in the state for ritual purpose.
The suspect, Okpegboro Avwerosuo, who hails from Ughelli North of Delta State, however, ran out of luck when police operatives nabbed him for the crime.
Community sources said the suspect reportedly murdered the victim in their one room apartment last weekend.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, recounted that the suspect had invited the deceased, who was his friend, to come to Sagbama to join the commercial motorcycle riding business popularly known as ‘Okada’.
He said the suspect assured the deceased that the business is flourishing in the town because the campus of the Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro College of Education (IJBCOE) was sited in there.
It was further learnt that the deceased hadn’t stayed for more than two weeks when Okpegboro struck him with a mortar pestle in the middle of the night, crushing his skull and killing him in the process.
The neighbor further explained that “after killing him, he dismembered the body, preserved the vital organs and put the other parts in separate sacks which he disposed in the early hours of the following day. While he was disposing the sacks, another neighbor who saw him and suspected his movements confronted him later in the afternoon about the whereabout of his roommate.
“The suspect claimed that the deceased has travelled back to Delta State for an urgent business. Not satisfied with his response, the neighbor forced his way into the room and saw blood stains everywhere. The neighbor held him down and alerted the local vigilante which eventually called the police in to arrest the suspect.
“Upon interrogation before he was handed over to the police, the suspect confessed that he had sold the vital organs of his friend to a pastor in Port Harcourt who is currently at large for ritual purposes.”
Commenting on the incident, the President of Salga Federated Youth Council Worldwide, Preye Keku Casey, in a statement condemned the gruesome killing of the young man, saying that the youths of Sagbama should be on alert to checkmate the activities of non-indigenes in the town as security tension continues to rise across the country.
Parts of the statement read “just yesterday, the decomposing body of young man was discovered in the bush by well-meaning Salgarians with several parts of the body already cut into pieces and placed on sack bags.
“The Nigerian Police, Sagbama Division, was alerted and it led to the arrest of a young man resident in Sagbama Federated Community, suspected to have been the perpetrator of the ungodly act.
He charged the security agencies to ensure that proper investigations be made in order to unmasked those behind the murder of the young man, and ensure the arrest and prosecution of everyone involved in the act, and as well.
He also enjoined the security agencies to ensure that the people of Sagbama Local Government Area are protected from heartless blood seekers.
Confirming the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, Bayelsa State Command, Asinim Butswat, said the suspect is in detention at the State Criminal Investigating Department for further investigation.
He said, “The suspect one Okpegboro Avwerosuo ‘M’ Age 34 Years from ughelli North, Delta State. He is detained at SCID for further investigation. The name of the victim is yet unknown.”