The Niger State Police Command has arrested seven persons, suspected to have killed one Safiyanu Zakari, during a clash between two suspected cult groups in some communities in the state capital, Minna.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Richard Oguche, while speaking to journalists in Minna named the suspects as: Abdullahi Jibrin, Abdullahi Hashimu, Yusuf Mohammed, Ubaida Abubakar, Salim Abdullahi, Salha Sulaiman and Salihu Abubakar.
Oguche told journalists that, “The two groups: the Yandaba cult group of Dutse Hausa, clashed with their Dutse-Gwari rivals along London Street in Minna, during the Eid-el Maulud celebrations, following some disagreements.
According to him, dangerous weapons like cutlasses, knives, iron rods, broken bottles and sticks were used during the clash leading to the death of Zakari who was a member of one of the cults.
The spokesperson said that the deceased suffered deep cuts during the fight and was rushed to the Minna General Hospital, where he died, pointing out that the deceased father, Alhaji Isah Abdullahi, a retired police officer, reported the matter to the GRA Police Station.
Oguche said that the suspected cultists have since confessed to the crime and will soon be charged for culpable homicide.