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Police Arrest Three Loggers Over Teenager’s Death




By Olufunke Olorunfemi
Ekiti, (An24) – The police in Ekiti State have arrested three men engaging in lumbering business in Ekiti State, Mr Bidemi O. (18) and Mr Ojo Sunday (19) and Adeyeye Miracle(14) for allegedly killing a 13-year old boy, Abubakar Abdullahi.
They were alleged to have buried Abdullahi secretly in Ifaki Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State where they allegedly committed the crime on Monday.
There was insinuation that the boy must have been killed for ritual purpose with suspicion that the boys might be surreptitiously engaging in the ICT Scam popularly called Yahoo plus.
Sources said Abubakar had been following the suspects to the forest to fell trees for some time only for him to get missing on Monday when the three surfaced in the town without the boy, who hailed from Ebiraland in Kogi State.

Initially, the three suspects said Abubakar didn’t accompany them to farm on that day, thereby forcing the deceased parents to declare him missing.

The source said: “The three persons deceived the parents of the deceased that they didn’t see the boy, even when they had killed him for no reason. They reported the case at the police station and the police were searching everywhere for him without making headway.

“Later the police got the trio arrested and subjected them to torture where they extracted useful information that the boy had been killed inside the farm”.

A source revealed that some parts of the deceased was missing when his body was exhumed where he was interred.

Police Public Relations Officer of the Ekiti Command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, who confirmed the incident, however ruled out the possibility of ritual killing.

The police spokesman said: “We have arrested the three persons that took Abubakar to the farm. They are in our custody as we speak.

“What they told us was that he had been following the suspects to farm where they fell trees. But that day one of the trees fell on the boy and killed him and instead of reporting to the police, they buried him inside the bush and feigned ignorance of his death.

“We will charge them to court as soon as possible. But let me also say that our men are still investigating the matter, so that we can get more facts and details about the incident”, Adeyemi said.

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