Suspected ritual killers cut victim’s head, heart other parts in Ogun


.The suspects

Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command say they have arrested seven suspected members of a serial ritual-killer syndicate in different parts of Abeokuta metropolis.

The suspects, according to the police are  Lekan Oladipupo (38) of Sotan village, Sulaiman Aremu  (30) of Imala Elega Abeokuta, Ifayemi Madru (24) of Sotan village,  and Shittu Saheed (38) of Alarugbo village.

Others are Samod Sulaiman (35) of Sotan village, Akanji Moruf (23) of Alabata village and Tajudeen Adekunle (36)of Sapon Abeokuta.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi  said they were arrested following a report lodged at Bode Olude divisional headquarters by one Abraham Okosun, who reported that he visited his brother one Sunday Okosun at Agbara village via Mawuko Abeokuta, only to discover that his brother has been brutally murdered by unknown person(s), and his remains had been dismembered.

Acting on the report, he said the Dvisional Police Officer, Bode Olude, DSP Durojaye Rotimi, visited the scene with his crack detectives there and then embarked on intelligence-based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act.

Acting on a credible information, the state Police spokesman said the detectives traced and apprehended one of the suspects, Lekan Oladipupo, who on interrogation confessed being the actual person who shot and killed the deceased with a dane gun.

Oyeyemi added that his confession led to the arrest of the other six suspects.

Oyeyemi said further, “On interrogation, each of the suspects narrated their respective roles in gruesome murder of the deceased and others who have been killed in similar circumstances.

“Lekan Oladipupo informed the police that his own role is to look for their victim, usually in the bush around Mawuko area and shot such unfortunate person to death.

“He will then contact Sulaiman Aremu, who will butcher the corpse of the victim and remove vital parts to be distributed to their standby customers.

“The customers are; Ifayemi Badru who bought the heart, hands and other parts of the body, Shittu Saheed bought the head, Akanji Moruf bought the heart of another of their victims while Tajudeen Adekunle bought the head.

“The suspects confessed to have killed no fewer than four persons in similar circumstances and that their body parts were used for money making ritual.

“They also informed the police that they have code-names for each human part whenever they want to request for it from their butcher man.

“For example, they normally referred to human head as ball, the heart as transformer, while the hands is code named as fans.”

Oyeyemi said the the gun and cutlass they used for the dastardly act have been recovered.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, who described the incident as height of man inhumanity to man, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for discreet investigation with the view to charging them to court as soon as possible.






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