Hunchback killed for rituals in Edo

..Suspect strangled him to death before cutting the hunch

The police in Edo State, last Friday, paraded four persons, including a native doctor, for allegedly killing a 62-year-old hunchback for money rituals.

It was gathered that the suspects, identified as Aluma Sunday, Peter Olotu, Philip Ogeneka and Sunday Ogono, were arrested when one of the suspects, Aluma, was taking some part from the victim’s body to the native doctor in Ondo State for the ritual.

Parading the suspects, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu, said the suspects were arrested during a stop and search at Sabongida-Ora in Owan West local Government Area of Edo State.

He said the suspects would be charged to court after investigation and urged the public not to panic about the stop and search operations of the police.

Answering questions from the journalists, the suspects said it was poverty that made them to kill the victim for quick money.

Aluma, who lived in the same village with the hunchback, said it was Peter that killed him.

On his part, Peter said he asked the victim to accompany him to the farm where he strangled him and cut off the hunch and buried the body.

According to him, he took the hunch to Aluma who placed it inside a pot of honey for preservation before they were arrested.

Also speaking, the native doctor, Philip, denied asking them to bring a hunch back body part for money rituals.

“I only told them I heard from my father that there were some persons that could carry out the act in Ife,” he said.


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