By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
A band of criminal sorcerers, thaumaturgists, mystic and witchcraft power owners who are into mysterious theft and disappearance of male genitals for diabolic use have invaded parts of Minna, the Niger State capital and causing fear, anxiety and pandemonium amongst men just as the Police in the state said it would soon burst open the ring.
In recent weeks, there have been reported cases of rising mysterious disappearances of male genitals in parts of Minna, Maikunkele area, Beji and in Wushishi as well as in Zungeru areas.
The cult group suspected to be behind the sordid acts, are believed to have arrived the state from one of the states in the north central and are in Niger to rake in human body parts and blood for their blood banks.
Sources said members of the group are into alleged diabolical blood sucking practices on unsuspecting persons they come into contact with.
At Tudun Na Tsira area, an outskirts of Minna, a member of the criminal syndicate was arrested after he had allegedly caused the mysterious disappearance of the genitals of a man in a local mosque.
The suspect, who gave his name as Danlami, was apprehended by worshippers inside the mosque where the suspect had earlier exchanged salutations with a man whose identity was given as Mohammed Idris whose private part disappeared as soon as the suspect touched him while he was praying at dawn in the mosque.
The suspect confessed to the crime after he was held by his hapless victim who raised alarm as soon as he felt strange feelings soon after the suspect forcefully shook hands with him.
The suspect disclosed that members of his gang had invaded the state and were operating in various parts of the state particularly the state capital.
Danlami was first handed over to the operatives of a local vigilante group in the area. Danlami is believed to be the kingpin of the criminal sorcerers. He had told the local vigilante group that his members were in Beji town, Limawa area of Minna, Kpakungu and Sadiya area of the Western bye pass of the state capital as well as in Zungeru and Wushishi areas on similar mission.
He is alleged to have confessed while being interrogated that the group members use their diabolical powers for rituals to source for blood and human body parts for mystical powers, wealth and other inordinate goals.
The police in the state capital have warned citizens to be wary of strange, unknown persons and promptly report any one caught in such acts.
It warned citizens against jungle justice saying anybody found to have taken the law into his hand by executing any criminal suspect, would equally face the wrath of the state.
The suspect is currently in the hands of the police at the Maitumbi Divisional Police Station for further investigations even as the police said it is searching for other members of the syndicate.
Meanwhile, for fear of loosing their vital organs, most young men including older men now clutch their vital groins with their hands in their trouser’s pockets while walking on the street or when someone approach them for either enquiry or assistance for fear an encounter with the thaumaturgists.