Jos - Ritual killers on Monday struck in Jos, killing and removing the eyes and tongue of a young lady in Twanchit Village at Tudun Wada in the Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau.
The police in Jos confirmed the incident but said they had no details yet.
Residents who woke up to the ugly sight, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the crime took place around 1:00 a.m. and that the victim could not be identified.
They said, however, that the area had a lot of drinking spots that operated late into the night and that the assailants could have hidden under that to carryout the crime.
NAN reports that the corpse had no visible mark or injury an indication that the assailants had strangled her before plucking out her eyes and tongue.
The corpse, dumped by the riverside was neatly dressed in a blue jean trousers and T-shirt at the time of discovery before security operatives took it away at about 8:45 a.m.
NAN reports that the murder threw Twanchit residents into pensive mood as most of the people who trooped to the scene to see the ugly sight left weeping.
Confirming the incident, Mr Adigun Salau, the Police Public Relations Officer, said the command took notice of the incident but that details were still sketchy.
He said, however, that investigation had commenced.
A resident, Rev. Joseph Bot of the Plateau Peace Movement International, told NAN that the incident took the residents by surprise.
He said that the nature of the killing indicated that it was for ritual purposes but said that other factors could be involved.
Bot advised parents, to monitor the movement of their children, especially young ladies, who kept late nights.
"We have a lot of drinking joints in the area. I have a strong feeling that the crises in Jos has given birth to a lot of hatred, poverty and lack of trust among the people.
"I notice that a lot of young ladies stay late in these drinking joints, a trend which is dangerous. I wonder whether they have parents.
"It is unfortunate she has to pay the price, girls should curtail their movements.
"Whatever they cannot do in the daytime they should not use the night time to do it because in Plateau State the times are dangerous.
"Immediately I saw what happened, I called the SSS while some other persons called the police.
"It is a big trauma, in this area; anytime you come out in the night you see a lot of girls at late hours," Bot stated.