A man identified as Haruna Ezekiel has been detained by the Bauchi State Police Command on suspicion of killing his 80-year-old uncle on the grounds of practising witchcraft.
According to SP Ahmed Wakil, a spokesman for the command, who made this announcement on Thursday, December 8, 2022, the suspect confronted the deceased, Sunday Saleh, and accused him of introducing his (suspect’s) son to witchcraft.
The PPRO claims that Ezekiel, 35, struck the man on the head with a stick before dragging the body into the victim’s house and then lit the whole house on fire.
As a result of the fire, the victim’s body was completely burned. The burned body was then packed and buried in a shallow grave by the suspect.
The statement read, “On the 6th December 2022, Information received by Tafawa Balewa Divisional Police headquarters revealed that on the 5th December 2022 complainant (name withheld) ‘m’ aged 44yrs of Gongo village while returning from market, he saw flame coming out from the house of one Sunday Saleh (Deceased) ‘m’ aged 80yrs old of the same address.
“He rushed to the scene to ascertain what was happening. On arrival, he met one Haruna Ezekiel (suspect) ‘m’ aged 35yrs of the same address at the scene and discovered that he killed and burnt the said Sunday Saleh inside the house. He (the suspect) later, dug a shallow grave and buried the body behind the burnt house.
“Preliminary investing revealed that the victim is a paternal uncle to the suspect, who alleged to have initiated the suspect’s son “Chomwanda” into witchcraft.
“On investigation, it was revealed that the suspect discovered that the victim who is now deceased initiated his son into witchcraft unknowingly.
“The suspect was told by his son that the victim gave him a piece of meat to eat some days ago. Later, the victim met the son and told him that the meat he ate was an initiation into witchcraft and that requires his father (the suspect) must be sacrificed in the process.
“On hearing this, the suspect was furious and confronted the victim about the matter, as the victim has long been suspected to be notorious for witchcraft.
“The victim (Sunday Sale) apologized to the suspect on the matter but the suspect was short-tempered and hit the victim with a stick on the head and fainted unconsciously.
“He dragged the victim’s body into his house and set the entire house ablaze. As a result, the victim’s body was burnt beyond recognition.
“The suspect, therefore swiftly packed the burnt body and buried it in a shallow grave behind the house.
“While reacting to the ugly incident, the Commissioner of Police CP Aminu Alhassan psc (+) frowned at the action of the suspect, who instead of reporting to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution, took the law into his own hands, by gruesomely murdered the person he was suspecting without any recourse of the law.”