The Adamawa State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of a middle-aged man (name withheld) in Ganji village of Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa State for allegedly beheading his five-year-old biological son.
Arrested along with the suspect was a village head (name withheld), alleged to have requested for a human head at a fee of N1 million.
Parading the suspects before newsmen in Yola, the Command’s spokesman, DSP Muhammed Ibrahim, said that the killing occurred on July 24, in Ganji village.
According to the Police, Alti Alhaji, father of the first suspect, reported the case to the Gombi Police Divisional Headquarters that the suspect took his son (Alhaji’s grandson), to a bush but did not return with the boy.
The spokesman said when Alhaji asked the suspect where he left his grandson, he replied that the deceased was on his way home.
Ibrahim said: “After a while, the grandfather and some members of the family went to the bush to find out what exactly happened.
“It was after searching the nearby bush that they discovered the dead body of the boy, which had been beheaded and dumped in the bush.”
He said when arrested, the suspect confessed that he committed the crime.
“When interrogated, he confessed and pointed at a village head as the one who directed him to bring a fresh human head, at a cost of N1 million.”
He said the two suspects were under police custody for further investigation.
Answering questions from newsmen, the first suspect alleged that the district head of a village directed him to bring a fresh human skull.
He said the district head promised to give him N1 million if he delivered.
When asked why he chose to sacrifice his biological son, he replied that when the village head gave him the order, he lost his mind.
Also answering questions from newsmen, the village head in question, aged 63, denied the allegation,insisting that he had no business with the first suspect, whom he said, was not his ‘age mate’.
He said: “I didn’t direct him (first suspect) to commit such ugly act.