A Nigerian farmer is facing the death penalty after allegedly beheading an 11-month-old girl as part of a money ritual.

Danladi Abubakar from Fujeregi village, Niger state, is said to have confessed to sacrificing the child as part of a deal to make N20,000 (£77).

According to news site, The Vanguard, 24-year-old Abubakar entered the home of the baby's father on 4 November and smuggled the little girl away.

Her parents raised the alarm and reported the abduction to police in Lemu and a manhunt was convened within the local community.

Days later Abubakar handed himself in and admitted that he had beheaded the child and also removed her private parts.

Abubakar claimed he was contracted by a man from Bida in Niger State to bring him the child's head and genitals. This man is reported to be on the run.

Abubakar pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide.

Cccult money rituals involving human blood or body parts are not uncommon in Nigeria.