The Niger State Police Command on Friday arrested five people in possession of a human skull, News About Nigeria reports.
Their arrest was made known by the Spokesman of the command, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement where he revealed that, the suspects confessed that they were sent by an Alfa to bring the skull for money ritual purposes.
DSP Abiodun also stated that the whereabouts of the Alfa had not been ascertained.
According to the Spokesperson, two of the suspects, Isah Mohammed, 26, and Idris Mohammed, 28, both of Sakpe village, Edati LGA of the state who were earlier arrested took them to the other three suspects.
His statement reads in part: “On 11th of this month, at about 12:30 operatives of a sister security agency, while on routine patrol at toll-gate along Bida-Minna road intercepted a Mitsubishi Lancer vehicle, and in the course of searching the passengers, two suspects were arrested.
“The two suspects were found in possession of a human skull wrapped in a Bagco bag, hence, the suspects were transferred to the Police Area Command, Bida for interrogation and further investigation.
“During Police interrogation, the suspects claimed that they got the human skull from their village, and mentioned three other persons who aided in digging the grave where the skull was exhumed; Ibrahim Jiya 18, Suleiman Usman 22, Abdullahi Usman 24, all of the same address mentioned above.
“Isah and Abdullahi claimed to have met one Alfa Suleiman from Kwara State at Bida three weeks ago who told them to get a human skull for money ritual purposes and instructed them to take it to someone in Minna with thirty thousand naira only, while the unknown recipient said that when they get to Kpakungu, they should call him and he would meet them,” Abiodun stated.
The spokesman also said that the five suspects have been transferred to SCID Minna for discreet investigation and diligent prosecution.