Police nab four suspects over murder of 70-yr-old woman
By Rita Michael
Four suspects have been arrested by the Bauchi State police command for beating a 70-year-old woman to death for alleged witchcraft.
Nigeria News Flight gathered that problem started for two women after they allegedly confessed to be practising witchcraft that had reportedly “caused” many deaths and setbacks in Doka community.
The irate youths thereafter bounced on them not minding their ages in a bid to force them to give more details of their alleged atrocities.
Liyatu, a mother of eight, and another elderly woman, Keiziya, were rounded up by the youths and taken to a room where the two elderly women were beaten to pulp in presence of their helpless children and family members.
Our correspondent learnt that the youths were specifically angered that the duo were allegedly behind the illness of a young house wife in the community identified by our correspondent as Yelkon.
“Yelkon has been bedridden and seriously sick immediately after she gave birth and we learnt that her illness was caused by the two women who confessed to have “tied her” in the coven and would be sick until she dies,” said a resident of Doka, who pleaded anonymity.
The irate youths alleged descended on the two women around 3:00 in the morning.
The Police Public Relations officer (PPRO), Mr. Kamal Mohammed, said that the incident occured at Doka village in Bauchi Local Government Area of the state in September 5, 2017.
The PPRO said that the suspects seized the deceased, Mrs Liyatu Michael, and another elderly woman whom they suspected of witchcraft to a room in a house in the community and started beating them.
Mohammed said that report reaching the police indicated that on realising that one of the women had died, they took her lifeless body outside the room and dumped it in the backyard.
He added that one of the victims identified as Keziya survived the beatings and has been hospitalized.
Mohammed said that police have arrested four suspects in connection with the death of Liyatu while some suspects are still at large but the police are making effort to arrest them and bring them to justice.
He said that the police are investigating the circumstances that led to Liyatu’s death while the four suspects would soon be charged to court for culpable homicide.