The Niger State Police Command has paraded two suspects arrested in connection with the ritual murder of a 4-year-old boy in Lapai Local Government Area of the state
Nigeriana had earlier reported that the suspects were rescued from being lynched by a mob after body of the boy was discovered four days after he went missing.
Spokesperson of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement on Tuesday, May 24, said the suspects, Mubarak Yunusa and Emmanuel Okuagba, have been transferred to SCID Minna for discreet investigation.
“On 19/05/2022 at about 0700hrs, one Hussaini Ibrahim aged 4yrs ‘m’ of Angwan Hausawa area of Lapai was reportedly missing,” the statement read.
“However, on 20/05/2022 at about 2100hrs, information was received that one Mubarak Yunusa aged 27yrs ‘m’ of Magaji primary school area was sighted with a strange sack heading towards a stream in the area
“Upon the receipt of this information, Police operatives attached to Lapai Division arrested the said Mubarak Yunusa.
“During interrogation, the suspect confessed that he dumped a dead body, packaged in a sack at a river within Lapai area, he confessed further that the sack was given to him by his shop landlord, one Emannuel Okuagba aged 43yrs ‘m’ of Anambra State who resides in Lapai.
“In the course of investigation, Mubarak led a team of Policemen to the river where a decomposed body of the said missing boy, concealed in a bag was recovered and taken to general hospital Lapai for autopsy.
“The second suspect, Emmanuel was equally arrested and the Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi ordered for a thorough investigation as the two suspects were transferred to SCID Minna for discreet investigation.
“Consequently, angry mob mobilized to Lapai Police Division demanding for the release of the suspects for them to lynch, but as their efforts were futile, the mob stormed the shop and house of the suspects and set them ablaze.
“Meanwhile, case is under investigation and the suspects will be arraigned in court for prosecution immediately after investigation.”
“Members of the public are hereby urged to desist from mob violence, jungle justice and support the Police and other security agencies to carry out their lawful responsibility in ensuring dispensation of justice.”