Anxiety has erupted in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, over the claims of sudden disappearance of male private organs.
However, the residents have been left with questions concerning the culprits behind the horrible trend, disturbing the peace of the state’s capital.
It was gathered that the cases of organ disappearance were said to have occurred at Atimbo, Nyahasang, Moore Road, Satellite Town, Ekpo Abasi, 8 Miles, Watt Market, Atakpa/ Mayne Avenue and some other places in the city.
According to Vanguard’s report, over fifteen cases have taken place in almost all parts of the town with some organs being restored to the victims by the perpetrators while some are yet to get back there’s.
Chibuike, a spare parts seller, in an interview with the above mentioned media outlet, was quoted saying: “an organ was said to be sold for six hundred thousand naira last week but owing to market forces and high demand, the price has gone up to one million per organ”.
“the organs are used for ritual purposes to make money and anyone whose genital is stolen would die a few days after. More people will fall victim if something drastic is not done by the authorities to stop the ugly state of events in the city.
“Men now put bitter kola and alligator pepper in their pockets or hold their private organs tightly while walking on the street or inside commercial vehicles. The price of bitter kola has also gone up because of the high demand.”
Another resident of Calabar South, identified as Blessing Ngi, said: “it happened in my area, State Avenue by Afokang this morning. Someone lost his penis and it took severe beating of the snatcher before he restored the organ.”
Meanwhile, despite all the witnesses’s allegations, the Cross River State Government has come out with a statement signed by its Commissioner for Information, Erasmus Ekpang, describing the reports as false alarm.
NAIJALOADED learnt that the state government’s position was corroborated by the Cross River State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Ugbo who said such claims were the handiwork of mischief makers and called on members of the public to go about their businesses without fear.