Crime Watch

Man in police net for allegedly killing brother accused of witchcraft

A man, John Clerkson, has been arrested for allegedly killing his elder brother, who was accused of witchcraft in Adamawa state.

The 42-year-old suspect from Dumna Zarbu in Guyuk Local Government Area is alleged to have murdered of his 57-year-old brother, Mohammed Clerkson.

According to reports, the incident occurred on August 29, when John confronted Mohammed and accused him of bewitching the wife of his own son.

The suspect, who is currently in the custody of the Adamawa State Police Command, accused his deceased sibling of being responsible for the death of some people in the community.

John accosted his elder brother for “catching the spirit” his daughter-in-law, Robert Mohammed, as a result of which the wife fainted.

News went round that Mohammed was allegedly the witch terrorizing the inhabitants of the community, residents trooped to his house with their sick family members, asking him to release them from the ‘spirit of sickness’.

It was also gathered that a fight broke out between John, the suspect, and his elder brother, Mohammed, when the former demanded explanation concerning the alleged witchcraft.

The State Police command said John, who was arrested after Mohammed died, is claiming that he was not responsible for his brother’s death.

The suspect claimed that Mohammed died after he was pelted with stones by youths of the community.

Adamawa Police Police Public Relations Officer, SP Suleiman Nguroje confirmed the incident and noted that the suspect would be properly investigated and prosecuted.