Suspected ritual killers kidnap and murder a 62-year-old hunchback, Ahmad Suberu, of Obeiba Ihima community in the Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Residents of the community explained that persons with humps had been disappearing in Obeiba Ihima and Ihima Ba in recent times which cause agitation.
Before Suberu, it was reported that another pregnant woman with a hump was abducted about two weeks earlier and murdered by suspected ritual killers.
Suberu, an indigene of Ihima Ba, was said to be kidnapped at Obeiba Ihima, on Monday, November 23, 2020, while on his way to a mosque for prayers.
His dismembered corpse was later found on December 8 in a bush at Ega community, in the Adavi LGA, but his heart, kidney and other sensitive organs was missing.
The deceased’s only daughter and child, Zuleihat Suberu, confirmed the incident.
The 23-year-old said, “His hump was taken away, as confirmed from his dead body, which made us to come to the conclusion that it was taken for some odious reasons. From the way we met the dead body, it revealed that he was dumped at Ega some days after being killed.”
The Executive Director of Disability Rights Action Group, Raphael Chikwado who confirmed the incident said his body was found in the early hours of Tuesday.
Chikwado said, “He was abducted by gunmen in a black SUV while waiting to cross the road leading to Oride Mosque, beside St. Paul’s Church, Obeiba Ihima. An eyewitness reported that the vehicle drove from Okene axis, picked him up and drove off through Ega Road.
“Unfortunately, the coordinator, Kogi State chapter of DRAG, Ahmed Onimisi, contacted the DRAG office headquarters in Lagos around 5pm on December 9 when he broke the news to us that Suberu was found dead in the early hours of Tuesday, December 8, at Ega in Adavi LGA of the state.
“Before his death, the late Suberu was an ardent member of DRAG. DRAG is going to explore every legal avenue within the organisation to pursue justice for the deceased’s family and for the entire community of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.”
He revealed that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the crime, adding that they were being detained at the police command headquarters in Lokoja.
The Officer-in-Charge of the case at the Kogi State Police Command, Gabriel Obafemi, also revealed that investigation was on to track the killers.
He said, “We are only trying to see if we can know the perpetrators. I heard that his corpse has been recovered and I sent my boys to go there and check because the information came to me yesterday (Saturday).”