Metro No Human Heads for Monarch's Burial- Rivers Police



The Rivers Police Command has denied rumours about alleged ritual killings to meet the burial rites of the late traditional ruler of Woji community,Eze Frank Eke.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Command's Public Relations Officer, Mrs Grace Iringe-Koko, on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

Residents of Woji community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state, had alleged that human heads were needed as part of the burial rites of the late monarch.

The statement said that the rumour had caused apprehension and panic among the people for fear of being murdered.

"Unfortunately, this has erroneously caused apprehensions in the minds of people for fear of being murdered for the said burial. In this regard, the Rivers State Police Command hereby refutes the rumour as a figment of the imagination of those who have concocted such rumour.

"It is important to state that such barbaric practice cannot be imagined in the present civilised dispensation of human advancement,’’ it said.

The statement urged the people to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the police.

It said that the police was being cautious because some hoodlums could capitalise on the huge influx of people for the burial to carry out ‘’ unwholesome activities’’.

Eke, a former Deputy Governor of the state in 1983, will be buried on June 7.

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