In Niger State, the police have apprehended five individuals in possession of a human skull. The suspects, namely 26-year-old Isah Mohammed, 28-year-old Idris Mohammed, 18-year-old Ibrahim Jiya, 22-year-old Suleiman Usman, and 24-year-old Abdullahi Usman, have admitted to exhuming the remains of Ndako Daniyan, a three-year-old corpse, from the burial site in Sakpe village, Edati local government area of Niger State.
Upon investigation, Isah and Abdullahi disclosed that they had sought the assistance of an Islamic Cleric named Alfa Suleiman, originally from Kwara State but residing in Bida, with the hope of obtaining quick wealth. Alfa Suleiman instructed them to procure a human skull for a ritual. The duo further revealed that they were instructed to deliver the skull to an individual in the Kpakungun area of Minna and were carrying out this task with N30,000 when they were apprehended by the police.
We went to the burial ground in Sakpe village and we dug up the body. From what we saw, the person had been dead for three years and he was from Sakpe village. The reason why we did this is because we want to be rich. It is not easy living in Nigeria. Life is hard and we want to be rich so that we will leave this poverty and life of hardship,” Isah said
Confirming their arrest, the spokesperson of the Niger Police command, DSP Abiodun Wasiu, said that Isah Mohammed and Idris Mohammed were arrested on the 11th of September by operatives of a sister security agency on routine patrol at the toll-gate along Bida-Minna road. He said that the suspects were intercepted in a Mitsubishi Lancer vehicle, adding that the skull was discovered wrapped in a bag in the course of searching the passengers.
Abiodun stated during interrogation, the suspects said three other people aided in digging the grave where the skull was exhumed which led to the arrest of three other
He added that the five suspects have been transferred to SCID Minna for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution as the case is under investigation.