Five men who dug up a skull in Nigeria are currently behind bars.
Nigerian authorities said they have jailed five men for 12 years each after convicting them of exhuming a human skull.
They planned to take it to a traditional doctor who claimed it was necessary for rituals that would make them rich — but were caught with the skull in a bag and pleaded guilty.
The prosecutor informed the court that the men dug up a body buried three years earlier at a Muslim cemetery in the north-central Niger state.
“The herbalist informed and promised all of them that they would share the wealth from the said criminal activity and directed them to look for the human skull,” said the prosecutor according to Daily Punch newspaper.
Security officers arrested the young men, aged between 18 and 28, in early September. They were transporting the remains to a third party, as instructed by a traditional doctor.
The court in Minna, the capital of Niger state, found the men guilty of criminal conspiracy, trespassing on burial grounds, and unlawfully possessing a human skull.
They did not arrest and charge the traditional doctor.