Youths attack policemen in Bauchi for rescuing suspected ritualist

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Aug 27th, 2014
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A man is arrested by the police for looting on the fourth day of a nationwide strike against the removal of the petrol subsidy in LagosThree policemen escaped death by the whiskers on Tuesday, in Unguwar Kofar Dumi area of Bauchi metropolis as angry youths attacked them with sticks and stones for rescuing a suspected ritualist, who they believed charmed a 15-year-old girl.

It was gathered that the suspected ritualist came to the area around 11: 30 am, where he allegedly touched the victim, who was passing by, thereby causing her to collapse instantly.

Malam Bashiru, one of the eye witnesses said when the suspect realised that the girl was unconscious, he attempted to flee but was caught by some youths, who asked him to bring the girl back to normal or else they would kill him.

Bashiru further explained that when the man rebuffed their demand, more youths trooped to the scene with sticks and other weapons with which they started beating him before the community elders intervened.

“When the elders came, they took him to the house of one of them for interrogation where he owned up to charming the girl and performed certain rituals that revived the girl.

“Instead of the elders handing him back to us, they called the police, who came and took him away in their van”, he said.

Malam Adamu Alin Bayi, the ward head of the area confirmed the incident.

He said they intervened to stop the raging youths from taking law into their hands.

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