Two men were paid N5000 by a disgruntled woman to kill an 85-year-old man accused of witchcraft in Adamawa state.
Gayawan Danzaria, 22, and Thank-God Obadia, 18, have both been arrested for the brutal murder of the octogenarian.
Danzaria and Obadia, both from Shimba in Dumne Development Area in Song Local Government Area of the state, were contracted by a woman currently on the run.
The youths reportedly axed the octogenarian to death after he was accused of witchcraft by the runaway woman.
According to the suspects, the woman contracted them to kill the man who she said is a wizard and had cast a spell on her son.
The suspects charged her N5000 to commit the murder. However, the instigator paid an initial deposit of N2000 and promised to pay the balance after the act had been done.
Obadia, armed with an axe, went with Danzaria to the residence of the deceased by 10:00 am on Monday.
With Danzaria standing guard outside, Obadia gained entrance into the house where he found the man lying down and struck him repeatedly with the axe.
The old man died on the spot.
Adamawa State Police Command spokesman SP Suleman Yahaya Nguroje confirmed the incident.
Nguroje confirmed that efforts are now ongoing to capture the woman who contracted the suspects.
“The woman who instigated the murder is currently on the run but I can assure you that we are working hard and she will be arrested soon,” he said.