A middle-aged man has been arrested in Plateau State for attempting to sell his wife to ritualists for N800,000 (eight hundred thousand naira).

The state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki yesterday briefed newsmen about the scandalous transaction and paraded the suspect, Maimako Shephang alongside 26 others who were involved in various crimes.

While fielding questions from reporters, Maimako who hails from Kwalla in Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State, said he needed money to finance a business, and blamed devil for his cruelty to his wife, Agnes.

He said: “I intended to use my wife to get money and start a business as she is the only option I had. The people agreed to give me N800,000 but I got N400,000 as advance payment.

“The people told me they needed a virgin but I wanted to collect the money and run away with my wife because I know she is not a virgin. I am sorry had to do this evil thing, it is the devil that tempted me and I fell because I desperately needed the money.”

The Commissioner of Police also gave an account of how Maimako sold his wife to ritualists. He said: “On August 30, about 1100hrs, the policemen in Qu’an Pan arrested one Maimako Shephang at Kwalla following information that the middle aged man lured and took his wife, Agnes, to a nearby bush in a pretext to fetch firewood.

“On getting to the bush, the man handed over the wife to two men who masked themselves. The two men asked her if she was a spinster and she told them the man who handed her over to them was her husband.

“They told her to run away from the place since the spiritual sacrifice required a woman who had not known a man. One of the suspected ritualists have been apprehended by the police and they are being investigated.”

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