Members of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) in Jalingo local government area of Taraba State have arrested a ritualist suspected to have kidnapped a three-year-old girl, Messy.
The Jalingo Local Government Commander of VGN, Munir Bello Arabi told newsmen that 23-Year-old Rashid Shina was arrested at the Magami area of Jalingo where he lives.
Arabi explained that the arrest of the suspect followed a report from parents of a three-year old missing girl, Messy.
The parents of the missing girl told the Commander of VGN that they were suspecting one of their neighbors, Rashid because they left him playing with the girl.
“According to the parents, he gave her coconut and that was the last time they saw their daughter.
According to them he had never allowed anybody to enter his room since he came into the compound and does not sleep inside.
“So, when they reported I also went to the police headquarters as well as the GRA division and reported from where the police ordered that we should go ahead and arrest the suspect but before arresting him we insisted that we must see his room and when we entered we discovered some things meant for rituals where he admitted that he inherited them from his father and he used to sacrifice blood for the Juju but refused to admit that he kidnapped Messy”. Arabi disclosed.
He also revealed that two days after, during surveillance by his men they smelled an odor around an uncompleted building at the Agada Ata area in Jalingo, and when they entered they discovered a yellow leather and the body of the girl without a head and private part then reported to the police and carried the body to the hospital.
Commander Munir Bello Arabi advised parents to be security conscious and always monitor the movements of their children and desist from allowing them to associate with strangers to avoid such incidents.
Meanwhile, the Local Government Command of the VGN has handed over the suspect to the police special anti-kidnapping squad at the Taraba State Command for proper investigation.
The suspect, Rashid Shina is from Ado Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
By Sani Sulaiman