What lengths would you go to acquire wealth? For three brothers, Saminu Usman, Yusuf Usman, and Muhammadu Usman, a ritual is the way. The trio who are 25, 22 and 35 years respectively, reside in Janruwa village, Borgu Local Government Area of Niger State. The suspects allegedly abducted a man named Shehu Garba and took him to an undisclosed location where they planned to kill him for ritual purposes.

They were reported to the Nigerian police by the father of their victim, Yakubu Garba following the abduction. Immediately after the complaint, a team of policemen attached to the New Bussa Division of the Niger State Police Command swung into action and subsequently made the arrest. Unfortunately, the police were too late as he had already been murdered and one of his hands had been cut off. Part of the suspect’s confession revealed that the oldest of the three brothers, Muhammadu, instructed his brothers to cut the victim’s hand for rituals which would make them be rich.

He also revealed that their initial intent was not to kill the victim for rituals but after the kill, they decided to cut off his hand for rituals but they got arrested. He further acknowledged the fact that they have ruined their lives and have become a huge disappointment to their parents and family at large. He could not fathom three brothers going to jail at the same time over foolish inhumane acts. Mr. Muhammad Abubakar who is the Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Police Command confirmed the incident and acknowledged that the suspects have confessed to the crime and the issue has been charged to court.

A similarly gruesome ritual related murder occurred in Ilorin but unfortunately, the victim is yet to be identified and no suspects have been arrested. The headless female body was discovered in the early hours of Friday, along Admiralty drive, close to Bishop Smith Memorial College in Ilorin South Local Government area of the State.

The rate of joblessness in Nigeria today which sometimes leads to extreme poverty and frustration is one of the reasons for these constant ritual killings. Whatever the level of frustration, poverty or joblessness is, it does not justify taking another humans life. Another reason for such killings is greed and lack of contentment. Young people want to live the social media type and totally throw away basic home training.

To reduce the rate of such occurrence, parents should continue to instill the fear of God in their children and try to encourage them whatever the situation is. Belittling them would push them out there where they may/would, if they mix with the wrong crowd, soil your name. I honestly do not believe the Federal Government is responsible for every misfortune that befalls the average Nigerian but they can do well to reduce unemployment and idleness by empowering youths however they can say by providing access/engaging them in skills acquisition programmes and also by creating more job opportunities.
Source: daily post ng

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