The Nigeria Police have arrested a 35 year old suya (roasted meat) seller, Alliu Abdulahi, in Lagos for allegedly attempting to slaughter a four- year-old girl for Suya.
The suspect had reportedly abducted the poor girl at White Sand area of Ebute Meta, while she was playing outside with her mates.
However, as he took her to where he attempted to slaughter her with a knife, a man saw him and alerted the public.
People were said to have rushed to the scene and rescued the girl.
According to the SUN, the suya seller, who resisted the people stabbed one person and bit another.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday and said that Good Samaritans succeeded in rescuing the victim from the man.
One of the Good Samaritans in an attempt to disarm the suspect sustained minor injury on his hand, he added.
The COP said, “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.”
The suspect Alliu could only mention his name and could not express himself in English Language, when approached by newsmen.
But his relative, one Akilu Isa, who was also arrested, claimed that he was insane.
Isa said, “he is my brother. 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.”