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Mob attacks policemen for rescuing suspected ritualist in Bauchi

By Susan Edeh

Three policemen narrowly escaped death in Unguwar Kofar Dumi area of Bauchi metropolis when irate youths attacked them with sticks and stones for rescuing a suspected ritualist said to have charmed a 15-year-old girl.

It was gathered that the suspected ritualist came to the area around 11: 30 am yesterday, lurking around where he allegedly touched the victim who was a passer-by causing her to collapse instantly.

An eyewitness, Malam Bashiru, said when the suspect realised that the girl was unconscious, he attempted to flee but was grabbed by some youths who asked him to bring the girl back to normalcy or else they would kill him.

Bashiru further explained that when the ritualist refused to do what they demanded, more youths trooped to the scene with sticks and other weapons with which they started beating him before the community elders intervened.

He said: “When the elders came, they took him to the house of one of them for interrogation where he owned up to charming the girl and performed certain rituals that revived the girl.

“Instead of the elders handing him back to us, they called the police who came and took him away in their van.”

The ward head of the area, Malam Adamu Alin Bayi, who confirmed the incident, said they intervened to stop the rampaging youths from taking law into their hands even as he said the policemen and himself were injured by the mob.


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