The police command in Bauchi State has arrested a suspected ritualist over the killing of a child.
The police also recovered 26 pairs of children’s clothing in the house of the ritualist in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by SP Ahmed Wakili, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) and made available to newsmen in Bauchi on Sunday.
According to the statement, the 28 years old suspect, Rufa’i Yunusa who hailed from Rumbu village in Ningi LGA, was allegedly involved in the killing of not less than four little children.
The police spokesman revealed that Yunusa’s arrest was sequel to a complaint lodged at the Ganjuwa Division of the State Command on February 17 by one Isyaku Ahmed, who reported that on February 16, 2021, the suspect took his daughter, Maimuna Isyaku to a Native Doctor for traditional treatment.
Yunusa told the father that his daughter was suffering from a spiritual ailment and assured him that she would be cured.
He collected the sum of N10,000 from the father and took the little girl into the forest, purportedly for a spiritual healing session.
However, after a while, he returned to inform the father that the little girl had mysteriously disappeared during the process.
“On receipt of the report, the Ganjuwa Divisional Patrol team swung into action, combed the entire forest and found the slaughtered body of the said Maimuna. She was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead by a Medical Doctor.
“The ritualist (Rufa’i Yunusa) has since been arrested in connection to the crime and during interrogation voluntarily confessed to have slaughtered the said Maimuna.
“He further revealed that she was not his only victim and claimed to have been carrying out the act with parental consent by tacitly informing them that the children may not return during healing sessions.
“A knife and 26pairs of children’s clothing were being recovered as exhibits during the operation and investigations are on-going after which the suspects will be charged to court for prosecution and possible conviction,” said the PPRO.
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Wakili cautioned parents to be wary of whom they took their children for any form of healings, urging them to always follow the proper channels in seeking remedies for their sick children.
“There abound many wolves in sheep’s clothing“. He said.