Cross River state police have arrested a pastor of the United Evangelical Church for allegedly possessing a human skull.
Michael Bassey, 45, was arrested for threat to life after a citizen complained.
Mr Sikiru Akande, the state’s Commissioner of Police, said the suspect was arrested at No. 56 Uwanse by Asuquo Ekpo Street in Calabar South.
"The suspect was arrested with a carved human image with red clothes and a human skull tied with the complainant's picture. "The investigation is still ongoing and the suspect will be arraigned in court soon."
Bassey, however, denied being involved in any diabolical acts. He told newsmen that he conducted healing services for his congregation members before he was arrested.
The Pastor said;
"I know nothing about this human skull. 'I'm innocent of the charges against me. My mother gave me a Bible and a garment when I was a boy, then I began helping people by liberating them from various curses and enchantments,' he said. "I started by liberating my family who sacrificed their male children so that their female children would survive, I broke this covenant and have been liberating people in Cross River and beyond, I'm not a killer, I only help people." My spiritual father ordained me at a church (names withheld) at Azikiwe Street, Calabar, and I am not a herbalist. I am no native doctor yet they come back and show appreciation after I liberate people, he said.