The Bauchi State Police Command have announced the arrest of a 35-year-old man who allegedly killed a wizard for trying to use him for sacrifice.
This was revealed in a statement released by SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the police public relations officer of the state.
SP Wakil said the suspect was arrested on the 6th of December 2022, after the unfortunate incident was reported at the Tafawa Balewa Divisional Police headquarters by a 44-year-old man (name withheld) from Gongo village.
Investigation revealed that, on that fateful day, the 44-year-old man, while returning from the market, saw flames coming out from the house of the deceased who was identified as 80-year-old Sunday Saleh.
He rushed to the scene to ascertain what was happening and on arrival, he met one Haruna Ezekiel (the suspect) at the scene and discovered that he killed and burnt the said Sunday Saleh inside the house.
He (the suspect), then dug a shallow grave behind the house and buried the body of the deceased.
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Further investigation revealed that the victim is a paternal uncle to the suspect, who alleged to have initiated the suspect’s son “Chomwanda” into witchcraft.
On investigation, it was revealed that the suspect discovered that the victim who is now deceased initiated his son into witchcraft unknowingly.
The suspect was told by his son that the victim gave him a piece of meat to eat some days ago.
Later, the victim met the son and told him that the meat he ate was an initiation into witchcraft and that requires his father (the suspect) must be sacrificed in the process.
On hearing this, the suspect was furious and confronted the victim about the matter, as the victim has long been suspected to be notorious for witchcraft in the area.
The victim (Sunday Sale) apologized to the suspect on the matter but the suspect was short-tempered and hit the victim with a stick on the head, we made him unconscious.
The suspect then dragged the victim’s body into his house and set the entire house ablaze. As a result, the victim’s body was burnt beyond recognition.
The suspect, therefore swiftly packed the burnt body and buried it in a shallow grave behind the house.
While reacting to the ugly incident, the Commissioner of Police CP Aminu Alhassan psc (+) frowned at the action of the suspect, who instead of reporting the case to Police for proper investigation and prosecution, took the law into his own hands, by gruesomely murdering the person he was suspecting without any recourse of the law.
Source: Bauchi State Police Command.