9th September, 2011
Quick intervention of security operatives at Kauran-Namoda in Zamfara on Friday, prevented civil disturbance, following the discovery of the corpse of a 23-year old boy, believed to have been killed for rituals.
The incident led to the burning down of a shop belonging to one Arowolo Olajide.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Yusuf Shehu, 23, left his family house around at 4 p.m. on September 6 but did not return home, prompting his family to report his disappearance to the Police in Kaura Namoda.
A family source who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity said that it was when the family intensified search for Shehu that his mutilated corpse was found by the riverside along Sabon-Garin in Kauran Namoda, with some of his vital organs removed.
He said on identifying the corpse, the security agencies in the area were notified and the corpse was collected and later buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
NAN learnt that Shehu’s death triggered violence by youths in the town who strongly suspected Olajide, a retired lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic Kaura-Namoda, as responsible for the death for ritual purposes.
The youths alleged that Olajide was sacked from the services of the polytechnic for his alleged involvement in cult-related activities resulting to scores of deaths.
Confirming the incident, the Sole Administrator of Kaura Namoda Local Government Council, Alhaji Kasim Idirs, said that security men had taken control of the situation and that a committee had been set up by the council to investigate the allegations against Olajide.
He said that Olajide was currently in safe custody, pending the outcome of the committeeâ€™s investigation. He urged the people of the town to maintain peace.