Five suspected ritualists have been arrested by the Kwara State Police Command over the alleged murder of a sex worker simply identified as Abigail for money ritual purposes.
The suspects are Samuel Peter Tsado, Mohammed Garba,( aka Madi), Abubakar Mohammed (aka Malam Baba Pati, Mohammed Ahmadu Nma, and Baba Karin.
The spokesman of the state police command, Mr. Okasanmi Ajayi, revealed in a statement made available to pressmen in Ilorin on Friday, saying three other suspects were still at large.
Okasanmi disclosed that on 29/06/2021, at about 2308 hours, an unknown person, later identified as Samuel Peter Tsado, of Patigi, Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State, went to Victory Hotel, Patigi and requested for the service of a commercial sex worker simply identified as Abigail.
After the monetary negotiations of N5,000, both Peter Tsado and Abigail left the hotel premises to an unknown destination and since then, both of them were not found again.
“On the receipt of the report of a missing person, the state police commissioner, directed that the case should be transffered to the state Criminal Investigation Department, CID, for discreet investigation,” the spokesman stated.
He said ” investigation however, led to the arrest of one Samuel Peter Tsado, who confessed that he actually contracted the deceased for sex.
“Tsado, also confirmed that himself and one Mohammed Abgara, (aka Madi), both planned to the deceased for money ritual.
“In furtherance of their desires, they planned on how to source for a human head that would be needed for the money rituals, which prompted him to leave his house at Patigi for Victory Hotel with his motorcycle, where he approached the late Abigail, a sex worker who agreed to follow him to his house home after agreement of ₦5,000.00. for a the night.
“At Samuel Peter’s home Mohammed Gbara was already waiting for Abigail and the duo strangulated her to death.
“The head of late Abigail was severed with a knife, the headless body of the deceased was conveyed by the suspects on Samuel Peter Tsado’s motorcycle and dumped in the bush along Patigi-Rifun Road.
PPRO said “both Samuel and Mohammed, went separately only to re-assemble in Bida on 30/06/2021 and while in Bida, the deceased’s head was kept with Mohammed Abubakar (aka) Malam Baba Pati’s home.
“While awaiting for the arrival of the ritualist from Maiduguri in Bornu State for the money ritual exercise.” he disclosed.
He further revealed that the investigation took detectives to Bida and Minna in Niger State, where three other suspects were arrested and confessed to the crime.
“They also confessed to have been involved in an earlier ritual attempt using a hand of one victim yet to be identified”, he said.
According to Okasanmi, the suspects took detectives to the bush where the deceased body dumped while efforts to recover her severed head was still in progress as the custodian of the head was still at large.
The police assured that the fleeing suspect will be arrested, while the arrested suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.