The Bauchi Police Command has arrested a grandfather, Sani Hamidu along with his son for allegedly killing his grandchild, Sagiru Abdullahi, cutting off his eyes, private part and throat for ritual purposes.
Addressing journalists at the police headquarters yesterday, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, said the grandfather, who was among the 16 suspects arrested and paraded by the command in recent days, committed the act at Ashura Rahama village in Toro Local Government Area of the state.
Aduba who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, said further that after committing the dastardly act, the suspects dumped the corpse of the boy in a well from where the police recovered it.
Ali, however, said the son was at large while the police were still investigating the case with a view to charging the suspects to court for culpable homicide, which he said was punishable with death.
Also paraded was one Mohammed Sabo of Rigar Isamiya Darazo for hacking his wife to death with hoe on their way to the farm.
According to Ali, policemen on routine patrol arrested one Sabiu Sirajo who was in possession of 18 cutlasses and 14 daggers around Peoples Club, opposite Dass Park in Bauchi, adding that a combined team of police and the Neighbourhood Watch Group of Ganjuwa, acting on information, arrested two suspects who confessed that they were specialists in attacking and robbing people of their belongings.
One Adigizey Abel John with two others was arrested for forging his father’s cheque and signature with a view to cashing a sum of N2.2 million from the Bauchi branch of Oceanic Bank.
According to the deputy commissioner of police, “Abel and the two others left Jos, the family’s residence, to Bauchi for this purpose,” adding that, “to cover their act, they went to MTN office, Bauchi and swapped Abel’s father’s SIM card number 08035633925. One of them, Hezekiah was given the welcome back SIM bearing the same number to intercept bank transactions in respect of the cheque, while impersonating the father of the principal suspect.”
Three suspects were arrested by men of the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) with the collaboration of people at Wunti area of Bauchi metropolis while struggling to snatch a Toyota Camry 2002 model with registartion number BT 412 RSH valued at N3 million.
The police also arrested one Umar Idris who, in company with others now at large, torched a Mercedes Benz Marcopolo luxury bus belonging to Ekwos Transport Company, Lagos.
The bus, Ali informed, was going to Lagos from Yola and had an accident at Toro, adding that the transport company hired three watchmen to guard the bus. The arrested suspect was said to have confessed that one Alhaji Yunusa Garba in Jos was their major receiver in spare parts.
He was arrested with scraps of Marcopolo luxury bus, two vehicle radiators, two alternators and one front cover of trailer truck.