By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A 28- year old suspected ritualist, Rufa’i Yunusa of Rumbu Village in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State has been arrested by police operatives.
Suspected ritualist Yunusa, according to the state police command, has been involved in the killing of not less than four little children between the ages of two and four years.
A statement by the command public relations officer, SP Ahmed Wakil said the arrest of the ritualist followed a complaint lodged at the Ganjuwa Division of the state command on February 17, 2021.
“On February 17, 2021 one Isyaku Ahmed of Unguwan Yamma, Kafin Madaki reported that on Tuesday 16th February, 2021, at about 1230hrs, he took his daughter, one Maimuna Isyaku to a Native Doctor (Rufa’i Yunusa) for traditional treatment”.
The statement said, “The said Rufa’i Yunusa told Ahmed that his daughter (Maimuna) is suffering from a spiritual ailment and assured him that his daughter will be cured”.
Wakil explained that the ritualist received the sum of N10, 000 he solicited for from the father of the victim, thereafter took the little girl into the forest purportedly for a spiritual healing session only to return after a while to inform the girl’s father that the little girl had mysteriously disappeared during the process.
“On receipt of the report, the Ganjuwa Divisional Patrol team swung into action, combed the entire forest and found the slaughtered body of the said Maimuna. She was immediately rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead by a Medical Doctor”.
The ritualist, Rufa’i Yunusa has since been arrested in connection to the crime and voluntarily confessed to have slaughtered the said Maimuna during interrogation, revealing that she was not his only victim.
The ritualist, the statement added, claimed to have usually carry out the act with parental consent by tacitly informing them that the children may not return during healing sessions.
The PPRO disclosed that a knife and 26pairs of children clothing were being recovered from the suspect as exhibits during the operation, as investigations are on-going after which he will be charged to court for prosecution/possible conviction.
The command therefore cautioned parents to be wary of whom they usually take their children to for any form of healing, and should not allow desperation but objectivity be their guide in seeking remedy for their sick children, as there abound many wolves in sheep’s clothing.