Fulani Herdsman Kills His Mother and Sister-in-law, Blames Father


A 25-year-old Fulani Herdsman, Abubakar Usman was arrested in Kwara state for allegedly killing his mother, Khadijat, 65, and his brother’s wife, Ramatu Shagari, 35. When asked why he did it, Abubakar Usman said his father must have charmed him to the act.

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The state police command took the suspect to their headquarters in Ilorin along with other suspects – Yahaya Umar and Abubakar Saletu – who were reportedly caught with a human head. Usman said he did not know what came over him the day he committed the crime as he is just a regular cattle rearer.

“I am into cattle rearing. On that day when I woke up, I took N1,000 from my room and took  my cows out for grazing. Suddenly, I discovered that the cattle were running away and I followed them. On getting back home, something came over me and I used a knife to stab my mother. I also stabbed my brother’s wife. I believe that my father charmed me. I do not have mental disorder,” he said.

One of the suspects caught with the human head, Umar, told newsmen that police caught them while they were trying to run away after killing the victim. He said that he colluded with Saletu to behead the victim in a bush after he and the victim had an altercation.

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“There was a conflict among us. We tricked him into the bush and killed him. While we were trying to run away, the police caught us,” Umar said. The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Olusola Amore, who paraded the suspects, said the crimes were reported to the police by one Abdullahi Adamuof Mamba Fulani Camp, Patigi.

“On August 8, at about 1.20pm, information received from Kosubosu Police Division revealed that Umar and Saletu, both of Wobe Fulani Camp, were found in possession of a bag. On interrogation, the bag was found to contain a human head, among other items.

“Further interrogations revealed that the suspects took the head to one Alhaji Kuranga of Muhat Company to buy. The said Alhaji refused and raised the alarm. A search in the bush led to the discovery of a headless body. The victim had been declared missing earlier and the suspects confessed to the crime. The cutlass used in the killing and the human head have already been recovered,” Amore said.

These and many more related crimes have been on the rise lately. What could be the cause or the ‘supposed thing’ that comes over these killers?