Nigerian Restaurant Shuts Down After Police Recover Human Meat
By Vishakha Sonawane | Feb 08, 2014 06:20 AM EST
A Nigerian restaurant has been shut down following a police raid that found human meat being served as a delicacy to customers. At least 11 people including the restaurant owner were arrested.
Residents tipped the police officials about the possible delicacy in the restaurant located in a bustling market area in the Anambra state.
During the raid, the authorities recovered at least two bloodied human heads wrapped in cellophane sheets. They also found two army caps, 40 rounds of live ammunition and number of cell-phones and two AK-47, reports the Nigeria Tribune.
"Each time I came to market, because the hotel is very close to the market, I always noticed funny movements in and out of the hotel; dirty people with dirty characters always come into the hotel. So, I was not surprised when the police made this discovery," a vegetable seller in the area told Osun Defender.
The diners were unaware that the meat was actually human flesh.
Among those who consumed the meat was a pastor. "I went to the hotel early this year, I was told that a lump of meat was being sold at N700, I was surprised. So I did not know it was human meat that I ate at such expensive price," he said.
Cannibalism cases that have increased in Nigeria in the recent past sparked anger among the public. But, a hotel serving human meat is the first such incident to be reported in the country.
Last September, two Lagos men were accused of cannibalism. Public were so furious that they almost set the two ablaze before the local police intervened.