Three suspects connected to the brutal ritual murder of a six-year-old girl, Maimuna Yahaya, have been arrested by the officers attached to the Taraba Police Command.
The suspects who lured the deceased to an isolated area on the outskirts of Sabon-Gida and slaughtered her with a knife in what has been considered a ritual murder, have been identified as Adamu Mohammed, Mrs Umaimatu Tanimu and Abdulahi Abubakar, all of Sabon-Gida in the Gassol Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking to newsmen, Taraba Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Missal, the suspects slit open the stomach of the minor and removed her kidneys on the instructions of Abubakar, who allegedly instructed them to bring the organs for money ritual.
Punch reported that the ritual murder suspects, were however tracked by a team of police detectives acting on intelligence.
“The suspects are being investigated for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed,” he said.
Few months ago, it was also reported that the Police in Kogi State arrested a cleric, Oluwasegun Aturu, and two others over the suspected ritual killing of a 19-year-old commercial sex worker, Miss Mercy Moses.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP William Aya confirmed the arrest of the suspects to newsmen in Lokoja. He said that Aturu who claimed to be the shepherd in charge of Voice of Canaan Temple, Cherubim and Seraphim Aladura Church, Ozuri, in Adavi Local Government Area of the state was arrested on June 19.
He was arrested alongside Samuel Oluwasegun and Abdulmumini Yakubu, all of Ozuri area in the local government, he said. According to the police, both Oluwasegun and Yakubu were said to have at 10 pm on June 11 gone to a popular brothel in the area to pick the late girl to an unknown place.
He said that police investigation later led to the arrest of Pastor Otaru, Oluwasegun, and Yakubu but they all denied any knowledge of Mercy’s whereabouts.