A 60-year-old man, identified as Yakubu Vong, has allegedly burned to death an 8-year-old girl at Sabon Layi in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
Vanguard reports that the girl was accused of being involved in witchcraft.
The suspect, who is in police custody in Jos, was said to have lured the girl to his house where he forced her to confess to being a witch.
It is understood that the girl’s refusal goaded the man into a fury and prompted him to bathe her with fuel and set her on fire.
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James Bamu, an uncle to the dead girl, lamented that she was innocent, wondering if the suspect had any proof that the girl was a witch. He described the act as barbaric and called on police to bring the suspect to trial. According to the uncle, it will serve as deterrent to others who practice such evil acts.
Shortly after the horrible incident, the girl was rushed to hospital, where she died as a result of the burns she had suffered.
Emmanuel Abuh, the state police public relations officer, confirmed the incident, describing the situation as tragic and sad. He added that the suspect was already in police custody and an investigation had been launched.