December 2, 2022

Court jails man for taking soil sample from community for “ritual”

Mohammed Bala pleaded guilty to witchcraft and impersonation leading to his conviction

An Upper Customary Court in Kaduna State has sentenced one Mr. Bala Mohammed to two years in prison for the offences of witchcraft and impersonation.

Mohammed pleaded guilty to the allegations and was handed the judgment on Thursday, by the presiding Judge, Mrs. Dorcas Atung of Kakuri Upper Customary Court under Sections 142 and 185 of Kaduna State Penal Code Law 2017.

The convict was however given an option of fine – N30,000 each for the two offences.

Mohammed was arrested on August 16, 2020 after he came to Sabon Tasha GRA community and fetched soil in a nylon bag, raising suspicion among residents.

He reportedly told Police that he was a staff of the State Ministry of Environment sent to get the soil sample for lab analysis preparatory to a proposed road construction, a claim later found to be untrue.

When interrogated further, the suspect confessed to taking the soil sample for diabolic acts.

The Police proceeded to court with his confessional statement, an instrument used to secure his conviction.

As at the time of publishing this report, it was yet to be confirmed if Mr. Mohammed would serve the jail term or pay the fine.