By Peter Duru
MAKURDI â€” A 32-year-old herbal medicine practitioner (names withheld) has been nabbed by men of Benue State Police Command for the alleged murder of a 13-year-old Miss. Nguavese Mtagher-gah.
Vanguard gathered that Nguavese had accompanied her grandmother, who was sick, to a herbal home jointly owned by the alleged killer and another herbalist for treatment.
But to the chagrin of family members the herbalist absconded with the teenager to an unknown destination.
According to family members, all efforts to trace the duo did not yield any positive outcome as the herbalistâ€™s partner feigned ignorance of his wherea-bouts.
Grandma dies of shock
While the search for the girl and her abductor was on, the sick woman, who was overwhelmed by the sudden disappearance of her grand-daughter died.
According to family sources, after the death of the woman, the abductor resurfaced to tell the family members that their teenage girl was in his custody some where in Nasarawa State.
According to the nephew of the abducted girl, they were informed by the herbalist that their daughter, whom he absconded with, has been down with a strange ailment and that when he consulted a soothsayer, he was informed that the girl was bewitched. He added that it would take the intervention of the family members to get her well again.
However, before help could reach the sick girl, the news of her death got to her family members who went to Nasarawa State to discover that the body of the girl had already been deposited at a morgue in Lafia.
Relatives suspect ritual murder
Family members of the deceased got the police informed and are alleging that the teenager died in mysterious circumstances, hence they are not ruling out ritual murder.
According to one John Yegho, who spoke to Vanguard on the matter, â€œwe believe that this could be a case of ritual murder especially when you consider the manner the girl disappeared and her sudden death. That is the reason why we are demanding for justice in this matter,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, the Police have apprehended the suspects while investigation into the matter is ongoing.