Nigeria Discovers 50 Possible Cult Victims

LAGOS, Nigeria – Police in eastern Nigeria discovered skulls and corpses of more than 50 people in shrines where a secretive cult was believed to have carried out traditional ritual killings, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Two religious leaders and 28 others were arrested in connection with the Wednesday discovery of body parts – bleached skulls, fresh corpses and others partly mummified – in 20 shrines in forests near the town of Okija, police spokesman Kolapo Shofoluwe told Associated Press.

The town is in the eastern state of Anambra.

Police believed some of the victims may have been poisoned as part of judicial rituals, Shofoluwe said.

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