Ritualist who dismembered a minor’s genitals apprehended

Charles Nwoke, Bauchi, Nigeria
January 2, 2021

Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a 20-year-old man for allegedly cutting off the private parts of a six-year-old child for ritual ambition.

Ahmed Wakil, the Bauchi State Command Public Relations Officer, disclosed this on Friday in a statement made available to newsmen.

The PPRO said when the police received the complaint by the victim’s aunt, they quickly swung into action and apprehended the suspect while his cohort was still at large at the time of this press briefing.

He added that when the police rushed the victim to the hospital, a medical doctor confirmed that her genital organs had been removed.

“On December 30, 2020, around 7.20 pm, one Hafsatu Wada of Zango area of Jama’are Local Government Area reported at the Jama’are Police Station that her niece, Safarau Mohammed (pseudonym), six, of the same address was found crying in a pool of blood.

“Upon the receipt of the complaint, a patrol team led by the DPO of the Jama’are Division visited the scene and rushed the victim to the General Hospital, Jama’are. There, a medical doctor confirmed that her private parts had been cut off with a sharp object. The victim was immediately referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare for more medical response,” Wakil explained.

The PPRO went further to say that investigation led to the arrest of one Adamu Ra’uf, 20, of Gandu Jama’are, adding that the suspect confessed to have conspired with one Abdulkadir Haladu of Chikamidari area of Jama’are to perpetrate the crime during interrogation.

“Abdulkadir is currently at large but necessary measures are being put in place for his immediate arrest. Meanwhile, the investigation is still ongoing,” said Wakil.

The state Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, according to the PPRO, directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department CID, for proper investigation.

‌Similarly, Wakil revealed that four teenagers were apprehended for armed robbery and having dangerous weapons.

He revealed that the suspects believed to belong to a cult group simply identified as ‘Badger.’

Wakil said that one Idris Yakubu, 18, the gang kingpin, was first arrested for armed robbery while his members were later apprehended at a hotel in the town.

Useful information provided by Yakubu led to the arrest of his other culprits namely: Umar Abdullahi, Hassan Lawal, 18, and Sadik Illyas, 18, of Katako, Jos, Plateau State, according to the police spokesman.