November 20, 2016

RITUALISTS: Mother whose 3 children were beheaded by suspected ritualists narrated her story

Mrs. Cecilia Emberga Agammbuee, mother of the three children beheaded on October 30 at Disol village in Gasol local government area of Taraba State by yet unknown persons, has narrated her story to Sunday Vanguard.

“The bereaved mother, who spoke in tears at Disol village, a settlement where the ugly incident occurred, has just one child left. Cecilia’s story was told in Tiv through an interpreter.“

She identified the three slain children as Terdors, a girl, 10; Terna Embelga, a boy, 8, and Sulumshima Embelga, a girl, 6.
The three of them went to bath in a nearby stream called Jookwa alongside eight other children around 5pm on October 30”, she narrated.

 “When they (all the 11 children) finished swimming, they decided to fetch water with their buckets for their use at home. On their homeward journey along the bush path, two men suddenly emerged from a farm rice and grabbed one of my three children in the group by the neck. “While the other children in the group threw away the buckets of water they were carrying amid the ambush and ran for their dear lives, my two other children decided to fight back and rescue their sibling from the assailants.
The escaped children brought the news home. Immediately, my husband, fellow villagers and I mobilised to the scene of the attack where we found the headless bodies of the three children in a pool of blood. It was horrifying.

“Beholding the headless bodies, I thought I would die. There were other items lying on the ground at the scene of the crime. “The items include a weird looking cap, substances believed to be hard drugs and a blood stained shirt.
“We didn’t see the heads of the children. They may have been taken away for ritual purposes. “I had four children. With three of them killed in cold blood, I am left with only one that I am breastfeeding. It all shows the seriousness of the insecurity in the land.” She wept.

Taraba State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP David Misal, confirmed the incident and said the command was investigating the crime.“Misal, however, said no arrest had been made.

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