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  • Updated: February 23, 2024

Bauchi: Police arrest two ATBU students for alleged cultism, homicide

Bauchi: Police arrest two ATBU students for alleged cultism,

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested two students and one other over alleged criminal conspiracy, culpable homicide and, cultism 

According to a statement released on Friday by the command's spokesman, Ahmed Wakili, the accused are Hoomvez Martins Nyelong, 27, also known as "Slim", Daniel Audu Adamu, 26, and Maigari Inuwa, 29, also known as "Mega Fashion World".

According to the statement, two of the suspects were students at Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University in Bauchi, ATBU, while one claimed to have graduated from the University of Jos.

Their arrests followed a distress call on February 18 from Abubakar Shehu (pseudonym), a 45-year-old resident of Kuhu village in Durum ward, Bauchi Local Government Area.

The aforementioned Shehu allegedly discovered the body of an unidentified deceased young man on the outskirts of the borders of Kuhu Village.

Responding quickly, the Patrol Team from C Division was alleged to have transported the body to the ATBU Teaching Hospital Bauchi, where a medical check verified the victim's death.

The spokesman also stated that another distress call was received around 5 p.m. on the same day, reporting the discovery of another dead body in the same place.

He stated that exhibits recovered at the scene include razor blades, empty bottles of water, empty bottles of alcohol, empty water sachets, candles, blood-stained sticks, and shredded short trousers.

Wakili stated that no traces of physical injury or violence were found on either body, however, the second victim's eyes were violently perforated.

He stated that the suspects were seen strolling about the area and that when probed, they failed to provide a satisfactory account of their activities.

According to him, police investigations indicated that the suspects were members of a cult organisation responsible for the heinous murders of the two victims.

He said, “Further investigation revealed that the first suspect (Hoomvez Martins Nyelong) was seen in the area where the first corpse was found with two others in the early hours of Sunday, 18/2/2024.

Also, WhatsApp chats found in his mobile phone revealed that he was the one that dropped off the first corpse whose relatives appeared and identified him to be one Reheboth Joseph Deshi 32 years old of Rafin Zurfi Yelwa area Bauchi.”

“While an investigation is still ongoing, efforts have been intensified to burst their enclaves and arrest the remaining accomplice.”

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