“He was found in possession of body parts of the missing boy. He roasted part of the boy’s body and loaded it in a sack.

“We also recovered a knife and a hoe which the suspect used in digging a hole to pour and cover the boy’s blood,” the police said.

Police in Taraba say they have arrested a 60-year-old man, Abubakar Abdulkadir, for allegedly being in possession of roasted human parts of his nephew, Ali Gamba.

Ali was declared missing on April 27.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal, on Friday said the suspect was arrested at Alin-Gora Village, Ardo-kola Council Area of the state.

He said the police were investigating the motive behind the crime, adding that the suspect would be charged to court, after the investigation.

“We want to know the purpose of this crime. Is it for ritual; to eat the flesh, or for sale?" the Taraba police spokesperson said.