The suspect, Christian Edem Eyo, 24, allegedly committed the crime yesterday at his residence along Inyang Street in Calabar South Local Government Area.
Eyo, also known as Etteobong, was further accused of burying the woman, Uduak Effiong, in a shallow grave in front of the compound while he dumped her head in a pit inside his room.
Though the suspect lives in the same compound as the victim, they occupy different apartments.
Horrified eyewitnesses disclosed that they saw the freshly cut head of the woman after she had been killed that morning as well as bloodstains in the room and in front of the compound.
Nkoyo, one of the deceased woman’s children said the incident happened about 5 am and 6 am, adding that she heard some noise made by vigilante youths, who came to the compound that early morning. On coming out, she was told that someone had been killed and buried in the compound without knowing that it was her mother.
According to Nkoyo, when she inquired from Etteobong what happened, he pointedly told her that he had killed her mother.
Nkoyo explained further that her mother was in the habit of bathing outside in the morning, adding that someone in a nearby building saw Eyo while he was trying to bury the body of the victim in the shallow grave he had dug and alerted the vigilante, who invited the police to arrest the suspect.
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Igiri Ewa, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect was in police custody.