Suspected ritualists in need of human blood had around 3am on Wednesday attacked five boys in two Islamic schools located in Tungan Magajiya, Rijau Local Government of Niger State.
The suspects, who slaughtered three boys to collect blood when they were asleep leaving the three dead while one of the boys who was still breathing was rushed to a nearby hospital.
The throats of the victims were also removed after being slaughtered and their blood was collected in a container for usage, the deceased boys were between the ages of eight and 13 years old.
One of the affected Mallam (cleric) whose two wards were killed confirmed in a telephone interview that the boys were attacked while sleeping and they cut and removed their throats.
The Niger state Command, Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the incident, saying it was an attack on five boys but three died.
Elkana said, “It was suspected ritualists because they took away the victims’ blood around 3am on Wednesday.”
He stated that investigation is ongoing and that the suspects would be tracked down even as he said two of the victims survived and assured that the suspects when apprehended will be made to face the full wrath of the law.