The Niger Police command has arrested two suspects over alleged culpable homicide in Lapai Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred in Lapai town on Saturday when the police saved the two suspected residents from being lynched by angry mob after the remains of a missing four-year old boy was found with them.
It was learnt that one of the suspects, identified as Emmanuel, who is a building materials trader, had allegedly connived with his gateman to kidnap the child.
The suspects allegedly killed the child and removed his vital organs, including private parts, eyes, ears and heart while his remains were put in a sack for the gateman whose identity is yet unknown, to dispose of it.
The gateman had climbed a motorcycle to a stream where he was to dispose of the remains but the motorcyclist discovered blood dripping from the sack which the gateman carried and went to the Police station to report.
It was learnt that the Police mobilised and went to the stream where the gateman was apparently waiting for an opportunity to dump the remains.
The Police said he was arrested and had confessed being sent by his landlord to dump the body.
A resident, Maryam Kwambo, said, “we will get to the root of this. we will get justice for the child he killed”
“Just four days ago, we heard information about the missing child and no one could give an account of his whereabouts.”
“We only discovered that Emmanuel had him all this time. This matter should be handled properly. We seek justice,” she said.
The Niger state Police Commissioner, Monday Bala Kuryas, confirmed the arrest of the two suspects to the News Agency of Nigeria.
According to him, investigation has commenced to determine their culpability.
Mr Kuryas said that justice would be served while warning the public against mob action.