How wicked can the heart of men be to murder an 85-year-old harmless woman?
Some heartless persons believed to be ritual killers have committed a serious sacrilege after the decapitated body of an 85-year-old woman, simply identified as Mama Laraba, was discovered in the New Era Area of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, with the two eyes removed, lending strong credence to the suspicion that she must have been killed by ritualists.
According to Leadership Newspaper, the ugly incident happened last weekend when relations of the old lady declared her missing and a search party was organised only for her body to be discovered along her farm path.
A resident of the area recounts that Mama Laraba who had left her home to the farm at 7am on the fateful day but did not return home. Late that night, the neighbours joined her two daughters to search for her at the farm.
"After 24 hours that Mama Laraba did not return home from the farm, the two daughters and other neighbours who traced her to the farm, discovered that she was assassinated with the two of her eyes mutilated."
One of the deceased daughter, Pastor Jummai Kefas, lamented the brutal killing of the harmless old woman, saying that her aged mother had left her home to her farm around Jenibambu to harvest her millet when she was killed by the assassins.
"We noticed that all was not well when Mama did not return at the usual time that she do come back from the farm. When fear and suspicions engulfed our hearts, we mobilized and went to look for her. On getting to the farm, we recovered her dead body by the side of the farm with the two eyes removed by unknown killers."
Describing the killers as wicked and surely courting the wrath of God, another resident, Badong Mago, described her killers as heartless and wicked.