Six children in south-western Tanzania have been killed and had their ears and teeth removed, the authorities say. Some of the bodies of the children, aged between two and nine years old, were also missing limbs. “This is all about superstitious beliefs and many believe they will get help from witchcraft,” Njombe District Commissioner Ruth Msafiri said. Police have detained one suspect, a close relative of three of the children who were from the same family.
Correspondents say that some witch doctors in the region tell people that human body parts have special properties that can bring them wealth and luck. “We urge all parents and guardians to be on alert and teach their children on how to determine the motives of who is around them,” the district commissioner told the BBC. The children were taken from their homes at night when their parents were selling food at a market.
It would be recalled that a 16-year-old boy named Tajudeen Azeez, lured his 4 year old neighbour to a primary school in the Ijanikin area of Lagos, stabbed him, strangled him and removed his intestines, his kidney, and cut off his joystick. He did this because a man named Osho had approached him and asked him to get him fresh human parts, and would pay him N50,000. N50,000 is what a human being is worth to some people. Unbelievably sad! “At first, I did not want to succumb to the temptation but it kept coming. When I woke up this morning (Monday), I saw Ibrahim at the back of the house. I told him to accompany me to a primary school not too far from the house. The name of the school is Anglican Primary School, Ijanikin. He followed me to the place and on arrival there, I stabbed him with a knife from behind. He fell down and I strangled him with a rope. I then cut his stomach open with the knife. I am sorry for what I did,” said Tajudeen.
He was of course caught and made to carry the body of the deceased. Tajudeen has been arrested by the Lagos State police command according to a report by Daily Trust and is currently at the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Yaba. According to the acting police public relations officer for the Lagos Command, Patricia Amadin, the body of the deceased has been deposited at a government mortuary. She said Tajudeen was arrested following intelligence information. “Based on the strength of the information, the DPO and his men raced to the place. On arrival, they found the lifeless body of a four-year-old boy while the suspect was soaked in the deceased’s blood. From close observation, it was discovered that some vital organs such as the kidney and intestine had been removed from the deceased. All the missing organs and parts were kept in a black nylon bag. The suspect was promptly arrested and taken to the station,” Amadin said. She said they are now looking for the said Mr Osho.
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