Two youths allegedly kill 85-year-old man accused of witchcraft


Two young men in Adamawa State have been arrested by the police for allegedly killing an old man accused of witchcraft.

The youths: Gayawan Danzaria, 22; and Thank-God Obadia, 18, who hail from Shimba in Song Local Government Area, are being investigated by the Adamawa State Police Command over the murder.

The youths, it was gathered on Monday, axed the 85-year-old man to death after he was accused of witchcraft by a woman who allegedly hired them.

The woman, now at large, had allegedly accused the deceased of bewitching her son and then arranged with the young killers to go after the old man.

Those familiar with the matter said the woman paid N2,000 to the accused with a promise to add N3,000 after they had killed the old man.

When they collected the part payment, sources said, Thank-God armed himself with an axe and stormed the residence of the deceased by 10:00am, with Gayawan Danzaria outside the house to watch against intruders.

Thank-God confessed to finding the octogenarian lying down in his apartment and hitting him with the axe around his forehead, following which he died instantly.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer for Adamawa State, SP Suleiman Nguroje, said the two youths arrested over the matter were being investigated.

“The accused will be thoroughly investigated and charged to court,” Nguroje assured.

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