by Oge Okonkwo
Three suspected ritualists, Salleh Ibrahim, Usman Sarki and Dantala Doma, have been arrested by the Niger state police command for allegedly killing a 10-year-old boy (name withheld) in Amale Village, Kaffi-koro District, Paiko local government area of the state.
From reports, it was gathered that the victim was lured by Ibrahim, who took him on his motorcycle from Amale village to meet two of his other accomplices Sarki and Doma.
According to sources, Mr. Sarki confessed during police investigation, saying that he was given a contract to bring the 10-year-old boy’s head by a man named Gajere who is currently on the run.
It was learnt that during investigation, the boy’s head was found in Saleh’s residence and Salleh later took the police to the residence of his accomplices from where the police were taken to a place near river Erena in Shiroro local government where the decapitated body of the boy was buried in a shallow grave.
Confirming the report, the police public relations officer in the state, ASP Richard Oguche, said investigation into the matter had commenced after which the three suspects would be arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution.
He said the case is sensitive in nature hence the police need not rush over it.
“We want to carry out a good investigation. We want to get to the root of the matter so that at the end of it we will take them to court for proper prosecution. Like I told you, it is a capital offence that requires serious investigation,” he emphasised.
Oguche said the command has directed all police out posts within Kaffin-koro division and the DPO in Kaffin-koro to reach out to the community leaders in the area to know if there is a reported case of a missing child but “up till this moment, we have not received any report from these areas.”
He called on parents to always monitor the movement of their children so that they don’t fall into the hands of ritualists.