Three teenagers have been arrested in Ekiti State for the death and secret burial of one Abubakar Abdullahi, a 13-year-old boy.
The murder took place in Ifaki-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State, on Monday.
The suspects, who are into lumber business, are Bidemi O ,18, Ojo Sunday, 19, and Adeyeye Miracle, 14.
It was gathered that Abubakar had been following the suspects to the forest to fell trees for some time, only for him to get missing on Monday.
The three suspects returned to town without the boy, denying that he followed them to the farm.
A source said, “These three persons deceived the parents of the deceased that they didn’t see the boy, even when they had killed him for no reason. They reported the case at the police station and the police were searching everywhere for him without making headway.
“Later the police got the trio arrested and subjected them to torture where they extracted useful information that the boy had been killed inside the farm”.
He said insinuation was rife in the town that the boy must have been killed for ritual purpose because some parts of the deceased were missing when his body was exhumed.
The Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Alberto Adeyemi, confirmed the incident.
Adeyemi said, “We have arrested the three persons that took Abubakar to the farm. They are in our custody as we speak.
“What they told us was that he had been following the suspects to farm where they fell trees. But that day one of the trees fell on the boy and killed him and instead of reporting to the police, they buried him inside the bush and feigned ignorance of his death.
“We will charge them to court as soon as possible. But let me also say that our men are still investigating the matter, so that we can get more facts and details about the incident”, he added.