The Lagos state police command has arrested a 35 years old suya seller, Alliu Abdulahi, for allegedly attempting to slaughter a 4 years old girl.
Alliu is reported to have abducted the little girl while she was playing with her friends in an open field and was reported to have taken her to a secluded area where he tried to slaughter the girl with a suya knife, but unfortunately for him a man saw him and raised an alarm which attracted other people to the scene who rescued the little girl.
Alliu is reported to have stabbed one of the rescuers and bitten another in the rescue process.
Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday said that the Good Samaritans succeeded in rescuing the victim from the grip of the suspect. He was also quoted saying: “The suspect was subsequently handed over to the Police at Denton Police Station, Oyingbo. Police investigation revealed that the suspect had abducted the little girl from where she was playing with her friends with the sole intension of slaughtering her. It is a clear case of kidnap and attempted murder. “The child has been reunited with her mother, while the kidnapper and would-be murderer will be arraigned in court.”
Alliu’s relative Akilu Isa, who was also arrested, claimed that Alliu was insane. According to Isa, “He is not mentally stable. He had a shock while he was a child, which affected his brain. At times, he would behave normal and at other times he would behave abnormally. “I am a suya seller. I sell suya at White sand area of Ebute Meta. My brother was not okay before. He was treated in the village five years ago before he came to Lagos. Maybe the sickness has come back again. “On the day of the incident, while we were selling suya, suddenly my brother started behaving funny. He grabbed the table and turned it upside down scattering the entire suya in the process. “We all sell roasted meat (Suya) at the market. On that fateful day, the mental disorder gripped him. He immediately picked up the girl and at the same time, lifted a knife which he uses for Suya. “At that point I beckoned on my other relative, Salisu, to come to the girl’s aid. We immediately gripped him and succeeded in retrieving the knife from him. Thereafter, we tied him with a rope. “I was even the person that told a crowd, who attempted to beat him, to call the Police to arrest him. When the Police came, they took him away. But to my surprise, when I went to the station with the chairman of our section, I was arrested with another relative of ours. As I speak, I don’t know the reason why I am arrested.”