By Wole Mosadomi, Minna
Something strange and unusual happened in Niger State last week. It drew the attention of many residents of Minna, the state capital to the Police Command Headquarters, to be sure of the news which spread like wild fire across the town.
It was unbelievable but it was real. One middle- aged man, Ibrahim Zubairu and two of his biological sons, Ibrahim Zubairu (20) and Mohammed Zubairu (22) were paraded at the Minna Police Headquarters for allegedly beheading a man along Lanle-Kutigi road in Lavun local government area of the state last month and later sold the head for N20.000 to one Yakubu Adeshina in Share town, Kwara State.
Not only that, the two sons have also been linked to some robberies along the same road while their father is suspected to be aiding and abetting the children in perpetrating the nefarious act.Â Â Nemesis however caught up with the two sons on the 2nd of last month (September) when police, during a â€œstop and searchâ€ exercise, flagged down the duo along Mokwa road and when searched, a bone suspected to be that of a human being and a locally- made pistol were recovered from them.
They have confessed during interrogation with the police to have been involved in armed robbery in Niger and Kwara States along with four other members who are presently at large. They also admitted to be involved in ritual killings of which they sell â€œvital partsâ€ of body of their victims to their receiver.
Further investigation also revealed that they have in the past sold, two stolen vehicles to their father, Makun Jibrin Zubairu while human parts are usually sold to the said Yakubu Adeshina.
It was a chain of revelations as another middle aged man, Audu Abdullahi resident in Lafiagi was also linked to their various activities. His own main deal with them is the manufacturing and repairing of locally~ made pistols and dane guns for the gang and others.
Exhibits recovered from them during investigation included;Â a locally made pistol, two live cartridges, two handsets, a bone suspected to be a human part, one Honda 86 with reg. No. AE 258 MKW, two Mazda cars with reg. No. KWA 194G and AA 286MNA.,a Toyota Corolla with reg. No. CU 46 ABC, seven uncompleted guns, fifteen dane guns and one black Jincheng Motorcycle.
Speaking in an interview with Crime Alert, Ibrahim who said he has just finished his West African Examination Council (WAEC) /National Examination Council (NECO) examinations this year said â€œit was a temptation by Godâ€.
According to him, â€œGod tempted me and I succumbed to the temptation. I met the man killed on the road and we pulled him into the nearby bush, beheaded him and took away the head still fresh in its pool of blood and dumped the main body in the bush.Â Â We later sold the head to Yakubu Adeshinaâ€. He also confessed to have been into robbery for the past three years.
His senior brother, Mohammed also confessed to have participated in the killing and other robberies. On what led him to be involved in the devilish acts, Mohammed simply said, â€œI donâ€™t have cause to have taken to this trade because my father has not denied me education because I am a student of College of Education, Minnaâ€..Â Â Â He pleaded for forgiveness and promised not to be involved in such acts again.
The suspected receiver, Yakubu Adeshina however denied ever coming across the two brothers.Â Â â€œI donâ€™t know them.Â Â In fact, I have never come across them before.Â Â It is true that I am a traditional medicine dealer, but I donâ€™t receive or deal in human parts but make use of only roots and herbs for my businessâ€, he stated in tears.
Father of the suspected ritualists and robbers, Makun Jibrin Zubairu when asked of his relationship with his two sons confessed to be their biological father but denied having any knowledge of their movements and involvement in such devilish acts.
Asked how he feels being a â€œroom mateâ€ with his sons in a police cell, the father shook his head with tears rolling down his face saying, â€œI am shocked and ashamed to be linked along with my children in this actâ€.Â He said the Mazda car he is using was actually purchased for him by his two children butÂ that he did not give it a thought on how they came across the money to buy him the vehicle.
The state commissioner of police, Mr. Michael Zuokumor had told Journalists that the arrested members of the gang and other criminals arrested in the state within the last two months have made useful statements to the police and promised that the various suspects will be arraigned before the court as soon as investigations were completed.