The Police in Nasarawa State have arrested a man for allegedly killing his wife, Cecilia Magaji for ritual purposes.
Also arrested with the suspect in connection with the crime is a witch doctor
The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Cornelius Ocholi, confirmed the arrest of the two suspects to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lafia.
He said the suspects, detained at the homicide department of the state Criminal Investigative Department (CID) were alleged to have conspired to ensure the sudden disappearance of the deceased and her subsequent death.
Ocholi said that preliminary investigation into the incident indicated that the woman was killed when she went to reconcile with her estranged husband.
He said that the incident occurred on June 16, at the Nene Village in Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
He said the couple, blessed with four children; two boys and two girls, were separated for almost 20 years, before the suspect started reconciliation moves earlier this month.
Ocholi said the investigation further revealed that the suspect had invited the estranged wife for reconciliation, suggesting that the witch doctor was there to settle their differences.
However, the family of the deceased became suspicious when the woman did not return home after three days having told them that she was going to see her former husband.
Ocholi said when a members of the womans’ family contacted the suspect on phone; he assured them that the woman would soon be with them.
A younger brother of the deceased, one Pastor Emmanuel Ayede, not convinced by the man’s assurance reported the matter to the police.
Ocholi said that the police discovered the body of the deceased buried in a shallow grave under a tree somewhere along Tudu Amba road in Lafia.
He, however, said that some parts of the body were missing, having been possibly used for ritual purposes.
The police spokesman said the body had been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, while investigation was on to get to the root of the matter.