Niger State Police Command on Wednesday arrested three persons for allegedly beheading a 10-year-old boy in Amale Village in Paiko Local Government Area of the state for rituals.
It was gathered that one Salleh Ibrahim lured the victim and took him from Amale to two of his accomplices, Usman Sarki, and Dantala Doma.
Our correspondent learnt that during police interrogation, Sarki confessed that he was contracted to bring the boy’s head by one Gajere who was on the run for money-making ritual.
It was said that during investigation, the severed head of the boy was found in Salleh’s house.
Salleh later took the police to the residence of the other two accomplices.
Police sources told our correspondent that after the discovery of the head in Salleh’s house, the suspect took the police to an area near river Erena in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state. The headless body of the boy was found buried in a shallow grave.
Salleh said he was contracted by Sarki to bring human head so that they could use it to make money.
He said, “Sarki told me that one Gajere contracted him to bring the head of a little boy for them to make money. I initially resisted to be part of the business, but I was later convinced by Sarki.
“I found the boy along Amale road. I asked him where was going, he said he was going to his house. I offered to help him. So I took him on my bike to Sarki’s house.
“Sarki and I later took him to Doma’s house. It was Doma who beheaded the boy with a cutlass. This was after Usman had hit the boy and killed him. We have not been able to get Gajere who gave us the job.”
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Richard Oguche, said investigation into the matter had commenced, adding that the suspects would be arraigned in court at the conclusion of the investigation.
He said, “We want to make a discreet investigation, so we are not rushing the case. We want to get to the root of the whole matter and at the end of it, we will charge them to court.”
He said the command had directed all police out posts within Kaffin-koro division and the Divisional Police Officer in Kaffin-koro to reach out to the community leaders in the area to know if there was any reported case of a missing child.
The PPRO added thatno such report had been received.
He called on parents to always monitor the movement of their children so as not to fall into the hands of ritual killers.
Posted by Salmon Abiodun