Police recover head of four-year old victim murdered by church ‘prophet’
Police in Kakiira have arrested a self-styled Prophet Joseph Sserubiri and his wife, Felista Namaganda and also recovered the remains of a four-year-old victim, Trinity Nakisuyi Nabirye Zabella they allegedly murdered for ritualistic purpose.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the arrest and noted the self-styled prophet Sserubiri and his wife were being held on charges of kidnap and murder for ritualistic sacrifice.
Enanga said they had recovered both the remains of the head and the headless body of the victim and subjected samples for DNA, to establish whether they match. Other exhibits recovered include a blood stained trouser, belonging to the self-styled prophet and other blood samples from the garage turned church were recovered as well.
Enanga said the four-year-old victim, Nakisuyi whom the suspects kidnapped on Tuesday November 30, 2021, was a daughter to their landlord, John Mulodi of Kakira market zone, Kakiira Town Council, in Jinja district. “He had rented out a garage to the self-styled prophet, which they turned into a church called Deliverance and Healing Ministries, Kakira. We have also arrested the senior pastor of Deliverance and Healing Ministry, located at Ganda, Nansana, a one Pastor Israel Buyinza Isma, who allegedly lured him into the act.”
Enanga said the suspect Prophet Sserubiri who had disappeared, after the incident of child kidnap, was tracked down and arrested.
“Together with his wife, they admitted to having murdered Nakisuyi in the garage turned church for spiritual prowess. They slit the throat of the victim and chopped of her head, which they went and buried in the lake at Wanyange. And the headless body was buried in Kinyomo sugarcane plantation, in Kakira Town Council,” Enanga said,
He noted that their thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nakisuyi. “The pain and fear she must have endured at the time of the incident, are over whelming, for her age,” Enanga said.
Police called upon the Inter-Religious Council and all other Faith-based Associations, to come up with stronger measures of profiling and auditing the activities of all places of worship.
“We believe this initiative will help guard against such rogue self-styled prophets, who take advantage of people, in the search for miracles and divine healing powers. We commend the task team of investigators for their efforts, that led to the arrest of the suspects,” Enanga added.
He said police would continue to monitor the progress of the case in the courts of law, to seek justice for the little victim.
“Despite the progress, the country has made in the fight against child sacrifice, this tragic incident clearly shows that the threats are still in existence. Children remain vulnerable if not watched after closely,” Enanga further said.
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