14-year-old girl killed in Babale community, Jos North LGA, Plateau State.

A 14-year-old girl, Maryam Salisu, was found killed in Babale community, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State for suspected ritual purposes.

The body of the deceased was found in a trench with her throat, tongue, her breasts and eyes cut off.

The mother, Fatima Danliti, who was saddened by the loss of her daughter said she believes this was how Allah wanted the death of her daughter to happen.

“We have left everything to Allah. Everyone has their own way of departing. I believe that is how Allah wanted it to happen. I am reporting the culprit to the Almighty. It is now between him and the creator,” she said.

“While the girls were busy fetching the firewood, a man suddenly appeared and hit her with bamboo and subsequently fell down while the rest of her friends ran home to report what was happening in the bush,” said Sani Babale a resident and former counsellor of the area.

“The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Her friends who went to the bush reported to us that when the man hit her with the bamboo, they begged him to leave her but refused and dragged her into the bush.

“When residents of the community – men and women trooped into the scene of the incident, we couldn’t find the man and Maryam. We all returned home and got back the following morning and in the process of searching her whereabouts, we found her body in a hole with her two breasts, throat, and tongue removed.

“It is painful. We have never experienced this kind of calamity. We are in short supply of security in our area. We are calling on Plateau State Police Command to deploy more police officers in the community,” he added.

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