The Police in Kwara state has arrested a 25-year-old Fulani Herdsman, Abubakar Usman, for allegedly his mother, Khadijat, 65, and his brother’s wife, Ramatu Shagari, 35.
PUNCH reports that the suspect was paraded on Wednesday at the state police command’s headquarters in Ilorin along with other suspects – Yahaya Umar and Abubakar Saletu – who were reportedly caught with a human head.
Usman said that he believes that his father used charms on him, adding that he did not know what came over him the day he committed the crime.
“I am into cattle rearing. On that day when I woke up, I took N1,000 from my room and took my cows out for grazing. Suddenly, I discovered that the cattle were running away and I followed them. On getting back home, something came over me and I used a knife to stab my mother. I also stabbed my brother’s wife. I believe that my father charmed me. I do not have mental disorder,” he said.
One of the suspects caught with the human head, Umar, told PUNCH that police caught them while they were trying to run away after killing the victim.
He said that he colluded with Saletu to behead the victim in a bush after he and the victim had an altercation.
“There was a conflict among us. We tricked him into the bush and killed him. While we were trying to run away, the police caught us,” Umar said.
The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Olusola Amore, who paraded the suspects, said the crimes were reported to the police by one Abdullahi Adamu of Mamba Fulani Camp, Patigi.
“On August 8, at about 1.20pm, information received from Kosubosu Police Division revealed that Umar and Saletu, both of Wobe Fulani Camp, were found in possession of a bag. On interrogation, the bag was found to contain a human head, among other items.
Further interrogations revealed that the suspects took the head to one Alhaji Kuranga of Muhat Company to buy. The said Alhaji refused and raised the alarm. A search in the bush led to the discovery of a headless body. The victim had been declared missing earlier and the suspects confessed to the crime. The cutlass used in the killing and the human head have already been recovered,” Amore said.
Amore added that the suspects would be arraigned after investigation is complete.
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