October 4, 2022

Police in Niger State have arrested two suspects in connection with the alleged ritual killing of a four-year-old boy at Lapai Local Council of the state.

Spokesperson for the Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement, yesterday, said one Hussaini Ibrahim, aged four, male, of Anguwan Hausawa area of Lapai was on May19 reportedly missing.

According to him, on May 20, one Mubarak Yunusa, aged 27 of Magaji primary school area, Lapai, was sighted with a strange sack, heading towards a stream in the area.

“Upon the receipt of the information, Police operatives attached to Lapai Division arrested the said Mubarak Yunusa.

“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he dumped a dead body packaged in a sack at a river within Lapai area. Mubarak said the sack was given to him by the landlord of his shop, one Emannuel Okuagba, who resides in Lapai.

“ In the course of investigation, Mubarak led a police team to the river, where a decomposed body of the said missing boy, concealed in a bag was recovered and taken to the General Hospital, Lapai, for autopsy.

“The second suspect, Emmanuel was equally arrested and the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, Monday Bala Kuryas, ordered for a thorough investigation as the two suspects were transferred to the State Criminal investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Minna for discreet investigation.”

Abiodun said an angry mob was however, mobilised to Lapai Police Division, demanding the release of the suspects for them to be lynched, but as their efforts were futile, the mob stormed the shop and house of the suspects and set it ablaze.

The spokesperson said the case is under investigation and the suspects will be arraigned in court for prosecution immediately after investigation.

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