The Nigeria Police Force has disclosed why the force can’t order an investigation on the menace of pants and underwear stealing for ritual.
Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, said cases involving stealing of pants for ritual purposes can’t be investigated because they are not empirically verifiable.
Mba made the disclosure while speaking on the menace of get-rich-quick on Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, and posted on the Force official Twitter handle, on Friday.According to Mba: “Stealing of underwear for whatsoever reason is a recent phenomenon, before now, we had cases of rituals killings but we can’t investigate things that are not empirically verifiable except when there is convergence of the act like cases of murder or an attempt or related crimes
“We are indeed in a trying time. It’s good to be positively ambitious but wanting to get rich quick with minimal skills, efforts and at a very short time is quite disturbing.
“We don’t investigate divination or morality except related acts that constitute a criminal offence. Apart from factors like unemployment etc what we have on home videos,TV programs and messages being sent out.Drug and substance abuses are strong conscience suppressors that influence our youth into these wicked acts of fetish and ritual killings for get-rich-quick. While we’ll continue to fight menace of drug abuse head-on, we want our youths to desist or be ready to bear the consequences.”
It will be recalled that two days ago Adejoh Ojonugwa, a 25-year-old panel beater, has been arrested in Ondo State for stealing underwear belonging to his elder brother’s wife.
Ojonugwa was apprehended by officers of Ondo State Police Command after the case was reported.
The suspect was nabbed alongside one Prophet Olajide Ogunleye of the Celestial Church of Christ, Ibanujemidopin Parish in Uso Local Council Area of the state.
SaharaReporters gathered that the 53-year-old prophet is well-known in the state.
During interrogation with reporters, Ojonugwa, a native of Kogi State, said he only visited the prophet for spiritual cleansing as he needed a solution to his problem.
Narrating his side of the story, he said: “I went to seek spiritual cleansing from Prophet Ogunleye and when I got there, he prayed fervently for me. In fact, he asked me about the job I do, and I told him that I am a panel beater, which has been my trade for a very long time.
“Later, he asked me to open my hand, and he dropped something on it for me to swallow, which I did. After I swallowed it, he prayed for me and I left his place. But when I got home, I became unconscious. Later, I began to look for my brother’s wife underwear and I took them to the Prophet for some ritual purposes. Sadly, hours later, my brother’s wife raised the alarm that her underwear garments were missing and I was arrested.
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