Police operatives in Niger State have arrested five suspects have for allegedly being in possession of a human skull.
The suspects have been identified as 26-year-old Isah Mohammed; 28-year-old Idris Mohammed; 18-year-old Ibrahim Jiya; 22-year-old Suleiman Usman and 24-year-old Abdullahi Usman.
They were arrested on Monday, September 11, by operatives of a sister security agency on routine patrol at the toll-gate along Bida-Minna road.
The suspects, during interrogation, confessed they dug out the three-year corpse of one Ndako Daniyan from the Sakpe village burial ground in Edati LGA of the state.
According to Isah and Abdullahi, they met an Islamic Cleric, Alfa Suleiman, who is from Kwara State in Bida in their quest to get rich quickly who told them to get a human skull which would be used for rituals.
The duo said that they were directed to take the skull to someone around Kpakungun area in Minna with N30, 000 but were on their way when apprehended by the Police.
“We went to the burial ground in Sakpe village and we dug up the body. From what we saw, the person had been dead for three years and he was from Sakpe village.
The reason why we did this is because we want to be rich. It is not easy living in Nigeria. Life is hard and we want to be rich so that we will leave this poverty and life of hardship,” Isah said.
Niger Police spokesman DSP Abiodun Wasiu during interrogation, the suspects said three other people aided in digging the grave where the skull was exhumed which led to the arrest of three other people.