19-year-old Aliyu Basala Yakutchi, has been arrested by the Niger State Police Command for reportedly selling his six-year-old brother to a ritual killer for N20,000 to pay his wife’s bride price.
The suspect who confessed to have sold his kid brother, Yamusa Ibrahim Yakutchi, to a ritual killer in order to raise money for his wife’s bride price, committed the said crime about 10 days ago.
Though the 30-year-old ritualist identified as Legbo, from Afuwagi village in Mokwa Local Government Area is currently on the run, however Aliyu, from Nagenu village in Katcha Local Government Area, who claimed to be the third among his mother’s six children, said that he sold his brother on credit.
However not knowing how serious the crime he committed is, the suspect pleaded with the police to release him unconditionally so that he could go and tend to his farm.
“I decided to sell my younger brother for N20,000 on credit so that I can raise money to pay for the bride price of my 14-year-old lover.
I took my younger brother, Yamusa, to Malam Legbo for money rituals because he promised to pay me N20,000 if he succeeded in using him for money rituals.
I wanted to use the money to finance my marriage to Fatimah. Our father is dead, but our mother is still alive, her name is Hajiya Yakure.
“Prior to my arrest by the police, I had not been paid by Legbo. The money might not even be enough for my marriage requirements.” Asked the whereabouts of Legbo, Aliyu said: “I think he ran away with my brother when he got the information that the police were looking for him.
I blame the devil for pushing me into hatching this evil plan against my brother. I don’t even know where Legbo has taken my brother to.” While exonerating Fatimah from the crime, Aliyu noted: “She does not know about my evil plan to sell my little brother to offset her bride price.
I’m a farmer and a bachelor. I got enrolled into an Islamic school during my childhood days but my parents couldn’t afford to send me to school. I only speak our local dialect, Nupe language; I cannot speak or understand Hausa language too” he said.
It was gathered that the police had already paid a visit to Legbo’s village, but met a cold trail, as the whereabouts of Legbo and Yamusa were still unknown.