The Adamawa State Police Command has arrested a 42-year-old man, John Clerkson, over allegations that he killed his elder brother, Mohammed Clerkson, who was accused of witchcraft.
It was learnt that John killed his 57-year-old brother on August 29, alleging that he was responsible for the death of some people in the community.
John was said to have confronted Mohammed and accused him of bewitching the wife of his own son and reportedly accosted his elder brother for “catching the spirit” of the wife of his son, Robert Mohammed, as a result of which the wife fainted.
It was gathered that when news went round that Mohammed was allegedly the witch terrorizing the inhabitants of the community, residents trooped to his house with their sick family members, asking him to release them from the ‘spirit of sickness’.
It was further gathered that a fight broke out between John, the suspect, and his elder brother, Mohammed, when the former demanded explanation concerning the alleged witchcraft.
According to the Police, John, who was arrested after Mohammed died, is claiming that he was not responsible for his brother’s death.
The suspect claimed that Mohammed died after he was pelted with stones by youths of the community.
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Suleiman Nguroje, said the suspect would be properly investigated and prosecuted.
In another news, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has dismissed reports making the rounds that about 30 residents were killed in the Kuje Area Council.
Unconfirmed reports surfaced last week claiming that 30 people had died in a landslide in the nation’s capital due to illegal miners’ actions.
The report emanated from the maiden meeting between the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, and the six area council chairmen last Thursday.
However, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Haruna G. Garba, in a statement issued on Tuesday by the command’s spokesperson, SP Josephine Adeh, debunked the report as false.
The statement reads: “Commissioner of Police Garba wishes to enjoin the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to disregard the news making the rounds that about 30 persons were killed as a result of a landslide due to mining activities in Kuje Area Council, as no such incident took place.
“This misleading information is not only intended to cause fear and panic among Nigerians but also to make people believe that FCT is not safe. The Federal Capital Territory is the safest and most secure part of the country. It is on this note that the CP warns the non-state actors involved in purveying misleading information to desist from that.”