• Nab ritualist with human skull

From John Adams, Minna

The police have arrested a 25-year-old Ibrahim Ali, a.k.a Bajala, suspected to be an informant and a major supplier of food Items to bandits in Niger state.

The suspect was arrested at Gwalo village, Kwakuti District of Paikoro Local Government area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement in Minna, on Saturday evening, said the arrest of the suspect followed an earlier arrest of two suspected kidnappers with the sum of N2.1million cash, suspected to be ransom at Lambata town in  Gurara Local Government Area of the state. 

The police image maker said a thorough investigation into the arrest of the kidnappers, and through the confessional statements of the suspected kidnappers and technical intelligence received led to the arrest of the informant/food supplier.

The statement further revealed that the suspect was arrested in his hideout at Gwalo village for “being a suspected informant and food supplier to the arrested suspected kidnappers.

“During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and said he usually monitored targets for kidnappers. 

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“He confessed further that he also assisted the hoodlums to purchase foodstuffs such as rice, beans, millet and even alcohol of any kind, with cigarettes.”

The statement pointed further that the suspect was arrested with quantities of raw rice and beans, which he said he wanted to take to the kidnappers’ hideout in Gwalo forest before his arrest.

In another development, the police also said they have apprehended a 38-year-old Abdulrahaman Woru of Gbesewona village in Benin Republic, who resides in the Babana area of Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State with human skull.

The suspected ritualist was arrested by police operatives attached to New Bussa Division following a tip off.

The police, in a statement, disclosed that the suspect was arrested at Babana town for being in possession of a human skull, and when a search was conducted in his house, other items, including three pieces of suspected human ribs, two idols and a cash of 5000 CFA of Benin Republic currency were recovered.

“During interrogation, he confessed that the human skull recovered belonged to him. 

“He claimed that he migrated from Benin Republic to Nigeria about four years ago for his ritual business, without any immigration document, adding that he is a traditional medicine practitioner from Benin Republic.

He, however, claimed that he found the human skull in a bag he picked from the roadside while returning from Benin Republic to Nigeria a few weeks age, adding that he tied the skull on his motorcycle and took it home, because he believed it would be useful for his work.