Herbalist arrested for allegedly using 4 children for rituals

By Ugbede Usman

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A suspected ritualist named Rufa’i Yunusa from Rumbu village, in the Ningi Local Government of Bauchi State, has been arrested by the police for allegedly killing four children between the ages of two and four for rituals.

The arrest of the 28-year-old herbalist was made known through a statement issued on Sunday by the Bauchi state Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, who is a Superintendent of Police.

The arrest was made after Yunusa allegedly deceived one Isyaku Ahmed of Kafin Madaki, that his daughter who was ill needed a spiritual attention. Ahmed reported to the police when his daughter was killed by Yunusa.

The police statement reads, “The Bauchi State Police Command on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, arrested a 28-year-old suspected ritualist, Rufa’i Yunusa, who has been involved in the killing of not less than four little children between the ages of two and four.

“His arrest followed a complaint lodged at the Ganjuwa division of the state command on the same day around 4.30pm by one Isyaku Ahmed, of Unguwan Yamma, Kafin Madaki.

“He reported that on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at about 12.30pm, he took his daughter, Maimuna Isyaku, to a native doctor (Rufa’i Yunusa) for traditional treatment. Rufa’i told him that his daughter (Maimuna) was suffering from a spiritual ailment and assured him that his daughter would be cured.

“He then solicited and got the sum of N10,000 from the father, after which he 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 mysteriously disappeared during the process.

“Upon 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.”

The police revealed that the suspect confessed to the allegation after the victim who was rushed to the hospital was confirmed dead by a doctor.

It added, “He further revealed that she was not his only victim and claimed to usually carry out the act with parental consent by tacitly informing them that the children might not return during healing sessions.

“A knife and 26 pairs of children clothing were recovered as exhibits during the operation and investigations are ongoing, after which the suspect will be charged to court for prosecution and possible conviction.”

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