Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested five suspects for allegedly killing a 45-year-old housewife, Memunat Akinde and an Okada rider, Ibikunle Ajose for ritual purposes.
The spokesperson of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the police made this breakthrough after almost three months of intelligence and technical investigations.
He said the victims went missing since 1st of October 2020 when Memunat who was a fish seller left her house at Idoleyin area of Ado Odo-Ota Local Government area to a nearby market to purchase fish and she contracted the motorcyclist to take her to the said market.
But surprisingly, both of them never returned home since then, he added.
Oyeyemi said, “This prompted the woman’s husband to lodge complaint at Ado Odo Divisional Headquarters where the case was formally incidented.
“The case was later transferred to the Anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on the order of the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun who gave the team a marching order to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the two within the shortest possible period.
“The team there and then embarked on an intelligence and technical based- investigation and their efforts paid off when one of the suspects, Okediran Monsuru was traced to Badagry and apprehended.”
Oyeyemi said Monsuru’s arrest led to the apprehension of three others namely: Ajaoba Monday, Akewusola Wajud and Nupo Pona.
He added that the four suspects confessed that they were working for a notorious land grabber who they simply identified as ‘Lebo’.
Oyeyemi said, “They stated that they accosted the two victims along the road at Abisoye village where they abducted them to an uncompleted building in a bushy area, tied them in both hands and leg and later called their principal on phone informing him that they have succeeded in getting two victims.
“They confessed further that when the said Lebo came, he ordered them to slaughter the two victims. The trio of Okediran Monsuru, Ajaoba Monday and Akewusola Wajud held the victims down while Nupo Pona slaughtered them with a sharp cutlass.
“Having killed them, the fifth suspect Dasu Sunday who is a herbalist was called, and on his arrival ,they cut the two victims into pieces and loaded their parts into a sack brought by the herbalist who took the parts away for money making ritual.
“The head of the woman was recovered at the herbalist’s shrine. The five suspects Okediran Monsuru, Ajaoba Monday, Akewusola Wajud, Nupo Pona and Dasu Sunday are all in police custody while a serious manhunt has been launched for their fleeing principal simply known as ‘Lebo.’
The Commissioner of Police who commended the investigating team for their determination and resilience in bringing the culprits to book has directed that the arrested suspects be charged to court without further delay while they police should go after their fleeing accomplice.