A 10-year-old girl has lost her life in Ota, the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, after witnessing a robbery operation.
The girl was reportedly killed by the robbers, who were said to be robbing the house of her mother’s friend.
The minor, who is from Togo, was said to be running an errand for her mother’s friend to get charcoal at her house on Kilani Street, in the Iyana Iyesi area of Ota, around 7am on Thursday.
In a bid to cover the crime, the armed robbers killed the minor and fled the crime scene.
According to a resident who did not want to be mentioned, the suspects killed the minor for ritual purpose, smashing her head with a pestle.
He said neighbours got to the scene late when they heard the minor’s cry for help.
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Furthermore, the source said the neighbours contacted the police but the suspects escaped before they got to the scene.
“The police have taken away the body of the victim. I know the girl very well; we used to call her Mama. The suspect killed her in cold blood. At first, we thought it was a thief, but further findings revealed that the guy is a ritualist.
“When we searched further, we discovered that the man had charms and a goat hidden in an empty building close to his victim’s house. The goat attacked one of us, but it was later killed. This is a sad occurrence,” the resident said.
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in his reaction to the incident, said the killers were armed robbers, adding that efforts were on to arrest the suspects.
He said, “It is true. The mother is a Togolese. She has a female friend who is a Ghanaian. It was the Ghanaian woman that sent the girl to her house to get her charcoal.
“On getting to the house, she met the robbers who identified her and did not want her to expose them. They killed her. Our men have combed all the areas but had not got them. The command will ensure they are arrested.”