THE Niger State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Saturday, announced the arrest of three suspects in possession of a human head in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state.
The state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Philip Ayuba, stated this in Minna, the state capital, while parading the suspects before newsmen.
Ayuba said that the suspects, Abdulmumuni Aliyu (alias Danjuma), Jubrinsha Aba and Salihu Usman, aged 34, 35 and 24 respectively, hailed from Ekpa village in Mokwa.
“I invited you here to see three suspects that we arrested on the ground of possession of human head.
After we arrested them, they confessed to us that they owned the human head,” he said.
He explained further that the suspects were arrested last Thursday while asking somebody to purchase the human head when they were apprehended by operatives of the NSCDC in Mokwa.
According to him, “our operatives pretended to bargain with them on how much to pay before they were arrested.”
The commandant said that the suspects had made confessional statements, adding that they would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
Also speaking, the gang leader Abdulmumuni Aliyu, told journalists that his brother, Salihu Usman, invited him to his house to see the human head and assist in getting a buyer.
“I looked for a buyer for five months. So when I approached one Isah to buy the head, he agreed and said that he had a buyer in Mokwa town. When the buyer came, we started negotiating the price with him. It was in that process we were arrested,’’ he said.
Similarly, Salihu Usman, the third suspect, said that it was during a hunting expedition with Jubrinsha Aba in Ekpa bush that they discovered a decomposing body of a woman in the bush.
Usman said that both of them decided to cut off the head and sell it to make money.
“Two of us decided in the bush that we would sell the head to scientists and make money,” he said.