The police in Kebbi State have arrested a man, identified as Danbaba Umaru, who allegedly specializes in exhuming corpses from graves and severing human parts for ritual purposes. He was arrested at Kaoje in Bagudo area of the state earlier in the week. Umaru, a father of 10 children, said he started the act because he needed to cater for his large family. The 37-year old man was said to have gone to one of the burial grounds at Kaoje at about 3:30 am early in the week, exhumed the remains of a man from the grave, severed the parts and took some of it away. Why I visit grave yards at night to dig up corpses.
Following his arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim M. Kabiru said the police acted on a tip off, leading to the arrest of the culprit. Kabiru made this known while briefing newsmen on Thursday at the police command in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital. According to him, someone in the know led the police to where the man was arrested.
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He said the suspect confessed to the crime, claiming he was sent by one Malam Muhammed from Sokoto. In his confession, the suspect said he was a driver and had been carrying planks from Zaria to Sokoto before he was introduced into the business.
He said, “This is my first time; I have never done it before. Malam Muhammed sent me to get the human parts from burial ground. I didn’t know it will put me in this trouble.”
Meanwhile, the police have swore to get to the bottom of the matter even as the Commissioner noted that all culprits involved in the crime will be smoked out and prosecuted accordingly.