Police parade suspected ritualists in Kano, Plateau

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Police in Kano and Plateau states have arrested some suspected ritualists.

The spokesperson of the Kano state police command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said in a statement that one Auwalu Abdulrashid, alias Lauje, has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a 13-year-old girl in Kano.

Kiyawa said the suspect kidnapped the girl and took her to an uncompleted building where he strangled her, cut her throat and buried her remains in a shallow grave.

The police said after committing the heinous acts, the suspect then demanded a ransom of one million naira from her parents.

“On the 21/06/2021 at about 1000hrs, a report was received from a resident of Tofa Town, Tofa LGA, Kano State that his daughter, Zuwaira, ‘f’, 13 years old, was kidnapped and a ransom of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) was demanded and later settled at Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N400,000.00).

“While negotiating for the ransom, the body of the victim was discovered in an uncompleted building, slaughtered and buried in a shallow grave.

“On receipt of the ugly report, scene visited, the body was exhumed, examined and confirmed dead by a Medical Doctor and released to the relatives for burial according to Islamic rites,” the police said.

The police said Abdulrashid confessed that he had earlier kidnapped a three-year old brother of the victim and demanded a ransom of two million naira.

After a series of negotiation, he allegedly collected one hundred thousand naira and dropped the child at Dawanau Special Primary School in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area.

Kiyawa said the suspect will be prosecuted after police investigations.

Also, the command in Plateau arrested a 20-year-old Moses Oko, for allegedly killing Jennifer Anthony, a 300-Level student of the University of Jos.

Moses Oko, one of the suspects

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Bartholomew Onyeka, presented the suspect to journalists on Wednesday in Jos, the state capital.

The body of Jennifer Anthony was found at Domus Pacis lodge in Jos on Saturday, Jan. 1, with her eyes, removed.

Onyeka said that the suspect was arrested in Makurdi, Benue.

“Sequel to the gruesome murder of Miss Jennifer Anthony, a student of the University of Jos whose body was found mutilated on Jan.1 at Domus Pacis Guest House, Jos allegedly by a man named Moses Oko.

“The suspect who is said to be her boyfriend fled after committing the crime.

“The command, in a bid to arrest the perpetrator, launched an aggressive manhunt on the suspect and tactically trailed him to Benue where he was arrested by police operatives of the command,” he said.

The commissioner said that the suspect would be arraigned at the end of the investigations.

Onyeka commended the commitment and resilience of his men who swung into action in ensuring that the suspect was arrested.

He assured the residents of the state that the command had put modalities on the ground to ensure the safety of lives and property always.

The commissioner also called on citizens of the state to support and cooperate with the command towards ensuring a more secured and peaceful Plateau.

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