The police in Niger state have arrested five suspects for being in possession of a human skull.
I’mThe suspects identified as 26-year-old Isah Mohammed; 28-year-old Idris Mohammed; 18-year-old Ibrahim Jiya; 22-year-old Suleiman Usman and 24-year-old Abdullahi Usman confessed they dug out the three-year corpse of one Ndako Daniyan from the Sakpe village burial ground in Edati local government area of Niger state.
When interrogated, Isah and Abdullahi confessed that they met an Islamic Cleric, Alfa Suleiman, who is from Kwara State in Bida in their quest to get rich quickly and he told them to get a human skull which would be used for rituals.
The duo said that they were directed to take the skull to someone around the Kpakungun area in Minna with N30,000 and were on their way when apprehended by the Police.
“We went to the burial ground in Sakpe village and we dug up the body. From what we saw, the person had been dead for three years and he was from Sakpe village. The reason why we did this is because we want to be rich. It is not easy living in Nigeria. Life is hard and we want to be rich so that we will leave this poverty and life of hardship,” Isah said
Confirming their arrest, the spokesperson of the Niger Police command, DSP Abiodun Wasiu, said that Isah Mohammed and Idris Mohammed were arrested on the 11th of September by operatives of a sister security agency on routine patrol at the toll-gate along Bida-Minna road. He said that the suspects were intercepted in a Mitsubishi Lancer vehicle, adding that the skull was discovered wrapped in a bag in the course of searching the passengers
Abiodun stated during interrogation, the suspects said three other people aided in digging the grave where the skull was exhumed which led to the arrest of three other
He added that the five suspects have been transferred to SCID Minna for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution as the case is under investigation.