Two Suspected Ritualists Set Ablaze In Ogun, Police Warn Against Jungle Justice

A file photo of policemen.

 

Two suspected ritualists have been set ablaze in Oja Odan, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this via a statement issued on Sunday, warning Ogun residents are against taking the laws into their hands.

He said the suspects were arrested and taken to Oja Odan Divisional Headquarters following an allegation that a fresh human head, concealed in a sack, was seen with them.

“While the suspects were been interrogated in the station, some unscrupulous elements went and mobilized a large number of people who invaded the station aggressively, overwhelmed the police personnel on duty and subsequently hijacked the suspects, beat them to death, and set their corpses ablaze,” the police statement read.

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He, therefore, warned that the Ogun State Police Command will not tolerate such barbaric and unlawful action.

“In view of the incident, the command wishes to sound a note of warning to those who are always in the habit of taking laws into their hands to desist from such uncivilized behaviour as the command will henceforth be dealing with whoever carried out such activities in the most decisive manner,” the police said.

While noting that a suspect remains a suspect until he/she is convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction, the police spokesman maintained that “only the court that has the power to impose punishment on anyone found guilty of a crime, not an individual or group of people”.

On his part, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, ordered a full-scale investigation into the incident with the view to bringing to justice those who participated in the act. He also appealed to members of the public to have confidence in the nation’s criminal justice system and desist from self-help as such is alien to the laws of the land.

Police Arrest Seven Suspected Ritualists In Ogun

The suspected ritualists nabbed by police operatives in Ogun State.

 

The police authorities in Ogun State have arrested seven suspected ritualists from different parts of Abeokuta, the state capital.

Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed this via a statement issued on Wednesday.

He identified the suspects as Lekan Oladipupo, Sulaiman Aremu, Ifayemi Madru,  Shittu Saheed, Samod Sulaiman, Akanji Moruf and Tajudeen Adekunle.

“They were arrested following a report lodged at Bode Olude divisional headquarters by one Abraham Okosun, who reported that he visited his brother, 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,” the police spokesman said.

Upon receiving the report, the Divisional police officer of Bode Olude Division, Durojaye Rotimi, visited the scene with his detectives and then embarked on intelligence based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act.

The police PPRO said police detectives acted on credible intelligence, traced and apprehended Lekan Oladipupo.

While being interrogated, the suspect was said to have confessed to having shot and killed Okosun with his Dane gun.

According to the police public relations officer, his confession led to the arrest of the six other suspects.

“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 police spokesman added.

One of the suspects – Ifayemi Badru – police authorities say, bought the heart, hands and other parts of the body, while Shittu Saheed bought the head.

This is even as Akanji Moruf is accused of buying the heart of another of their victims, with Tajudeen Adekunle buying the head.

The statement added, “The suspects confessed to have killed not less than four persons in similar circumstances and that their body parts were used for money-making rituals. They also informed the police that they have code names for each human part whenever they want to request it from their butcher. For example, they normally referred to human head as ball, the heart as a transformer, while the hand is code-named fans.”

Items recovered from the suspects include a gun and cutlass which the suspects used in carrying out their activities.

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Lanre Bankole, described the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man.

He equally 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.

Two Suspected Ritualists Arrested With Fresh Human Head In Ogun

The suspected ritualists were nabbed by the police in Ogun State.

 

Two suspected ritualists have been arrested with a fresh human head in Ogun State, police authorities said on Sunday.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi identified the suspects as 32-year-old Monday Karezu and 44-year-old Anagonou Kamelan, adding that they were nabbed on November 3 after a tipoff.

“Upon the information, the DSP Nurudeen Gafar-led team swiftly moved to the area where the herbalist house was situated and laid ambush there,” the statement read.

“Not quite two hours after being there, the two suspects arrived in a motorcycle with a bag containing the human head, and they were promptly arrested.”

Upon interrogation, one of the suspects and a national of Benin Republic, Monday Karezu informed the police that he got the head from a place known as Ijale papa.

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The police spokesman added that further investigation revealed that Karezu  is a resident of the Sabo area of Abeokuta and that the human head with him was that of a woman who died three months ago during childbirth and was buried not too far from his house.

The suspect was said to have earlier killed his nine-month-old daughter and used her head for the same purpose but did not succeed.

Similarly, he was accused of exhuming another corpse, removing the head, and using it for money-making ritual but failed.

“The latest one that landed them in trouble was introduced to him by Anagonou kamalen a Togolese, who informed him that he knows an herbalist who can do Original money-making ritual for him with a human head.

“He exhumed the corpse of the woman buried not too far to his house, cut off the head and in the company of his accomplice, took it to the herbalist house where they were apprehended before delivering it,” the police spokesman added.

Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered a full investigation into the past activities of the suspects with the view to charging them to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

Police Arrest Five Suspected Ritualists For Murder In Kwara

Some of the suspected rituatlists arrested in Kwara State for murder. Credit: Kwara Police Command.

 

The police have arrested five suspected ritualists for the murder of a commercial sex worker in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Okasanmi Ajayi confirmed this in a statement on Friday. He identified the suspects as  Samuel Peter Tsado, Mohammed Gbara, Abubakar Mohammed, Mohammed Ahmadu Nma and Bala Karin.

According to him, the victim identified as Abigail, was lured from the hotel where she worked, taken to the home of one of the suspects before she was beheaded for money ritual purposes.

“On June 29, 2021, at about 23:08hrs, an unknown young person, later identified as Samuel Peter Tsado ‘m’ of Patigi town in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State, went to one Victory Hotel Patigi and requested for the service of a commercial sex worker by name Abigail ‘f’ (other names unknown),” the statement read.

“After the monetary negotiation of N5,000, both Peter and Abigail left the hotel premises to an unknown place, ever since then both of them were not seen again. On the receipt of the report of a missing person, the commissioner of police, who suspected foul play directed the case be taken over by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a discreet investigation.”

The police spokesman said investigations led to the arrest of one Samuel Peter Tsado, who confessed that he actually contracted the deceased for sex.

Tsado was said to have planned with another suspect, Mohammed Agbara and agreed on how to do money rituals in furtherance of their desires, the police added.

After plotting how to source the human head that would be needed for the money rituals, one of the suspects left his house at Patigi for Victory Hotel with his motorcycle where he approached the victim.

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It was gathered that the late Abigail thereafter agreed to follow Tsado to his house after agreeing on N5,000 for the night.

“At Samuel Peters home where Mohammed Gbara ‘m’ an accomplice was already waiting, Abigail was strangulated by the duo of Samuel Peter Tsado and Mohammed Gbara, the head of late Abigail was severed with a knife, the headless body of the deceased was conveyed by the suspects on Samuel Peter Tsado’s motorcycle and dumped in the bush along Patigi/Rifun road.

“Both Samuel and Mohammed went away separately, to reassemble in Bida on 30/6/2021. While in Bida, the deceased head was kept in Mohammed Abubakar ‘m’ a.k.a. Mallam Baba Pati’s home awaiting the arrival of the ritualist from Maiduguri in Borno State for the money ritual exercise,” the police spokesman added.

To get to the root of the matter, police detectives went to Bida and Minna in Niger State where three other suspects were arrested.

Upon arrest, the suspects “confessed to the offence and also confessed to have been involved in an earlier ritual attempt using a hand of one victim yet to be identified.

“The suspects took detectives to the bush where the carcass of the deceased was recovered. Efforts to recover the head of the deceased were still in progress as the custodian of the head is still at large, but he will certainly be arrested and brought to justice.”

Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police, Tuesday Assayomo warned criminals to stay clear of Kwara as the state would be too hot for them to dwell in.

The police commissioner assured Kwara residents of their safety, asking for more collaboration in tackling crimes.

Police Arrest Five Suspected Ritualists In Delta

 

The police authorities in Delta State have arrested five suspects in connection with the kidnap and murder of one Joy Osameze who was murdered for ritual purpose.

A skull and other human parts believed to be that of the victim have also been recovered in the bush where she was killed after the culprits led the police to the scene of the crime after weeks of investigation

The victim, Osameze was reported to have kidnapped on February 5 on the way from her farm, the Abraka Farm Reserve in Obiaruku.

She was said to have been lured by her 18-year-old brother identified as Osam Ogolime, who led her by her abductors.

She was hit with a stick leaving her unconscious while her assailants cut of her sexual organs and other parts of her body while she was still alive

Days after detaining five suspects in connection to the murder, the police have arrested six more suspects and recovered a human skull and other human parts believed to be that of the victim and the mortician currently carrying out further investigations confirmed this position.

Suspected Ritualists Kill 70-Year-Old Woman In Ondo

Suspected Ritualists Kill 80-Year-Old Woman In Ondo

 

The ancient town of Ogbagi-Akoko in Ondo State has been thrown into sadness and confusion after a 70-year-old woman, Sidikak Jimoh, was found dead.

She was said to have been killed by suspected ritualists who mutilated and removed some parts of her body in Akoko North/West Local Government Area of the state.

A source in the community told Channels Television that the suspected ritualists wanted to set the dead body ablaze but hurriedly fled the scene, leaving some of the body parts behind.

The Police Area Commander in Ikare-Akoko, Razak Rauf, and the Divisional Police Officer in Ogbagi-Akoko, Kunle Fabuluje, have confirmed the incident.

They noted that full-scale investigation into the incident has commenced while the remains of the victim have been deposited at the morgue in the State Specialist Hospital, Ikare-Akoko.

Locals Nab Five Suspected Ritualists In Taraba

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Five persons suspected to be ritualists have been apprehended by locals in Kona Garu, a suburb of Jalingo in Taraba State.

Some of the eyewitnesses, Kini Nomiri and John Philip, told Channels Television that the suspects were nabbed when their supposed victim simply identified as, Samaila, escaped with a deep cut.

Nomiri explained that a shout for help by the Samaila attracted the attention of residents in the area, which made them come to his aid.

According to him, locals have been on the trail of the suspects for some days but without much evidence, hence they laid a siege and apprehended them.

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“For days now, the Chief of Kona has been emphasising that he wants peace in his community but a day before yesterday (Monday), we found a dead body close to River Nukkai and yesterday, same perpetrators struck again,” the witness lamented.

On his part, Philip said the suspects lured their latest victim does pedicure that their boss was in a forest and needed his service.

He added that the Samaila obliged and followed them on a motorbike but on getting there, he was be cut with a machete while he prepared to do his job.

The witness said, “We were all on a mountain monitoring them and when they hit him, he shouted and ran for his dear life.

“There and then, we came down; surrounded them and took the victim to an outpost of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kona Garu where they rushed him to the hospital.”

“We were prepared with ropes, we used the ropes to tie them up until officers of the NSCDC came and we handed them over,” Philip added.

The witness noted that at the scene of the incident were human bones with burnt tyres which indicated that after removing the vital organs the suspects want, they set the remaining body parts of their victims ablaze.

The NSCDC Commandant in Taraba State, Mr Musa Aliyu, confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspects to reporters in the state capital.

He revealed that the command expedited action by charging the arrested persons to court due to undue pressure coming from their relatives.

Aliyu said all the five suspects confessed to have committed the crime and the command was on the trail of other fleeing suspects and their accomplices.

He added that Samaila has been taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo for treatment.

Suspected Ritualists Abduct Two-Week-Old Baby In Ondo

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Armed men suspected to be ritualists have kidnapped a two-week-old baby at Uro Quarters in Ajowa, Akoko Northwest Local Government Area of Ondo State, South West Nigeria.

The two masked men were said to have gained entrance into the house when the nursing mother was asleep.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirming the incident told Channels Television that the kidnappers gained entrance into the building through the kitchen window around 1:00 a.m.

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Although the incident has since thrown the town into confusion, the PPRO said the police has commenced investigations into the incident.

He added that detectives are on the trail of the kidnappers to rescue the baby from them.

Police Parade Suspected Kidnappers, Ritualists In Kwara

Some of the suspects paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood in Kwara State on October 17, 2018.

 

The Nigeria Police Force has paraded eight suspected kidnappers and ritualists arrested in Kwara State.

Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, who paraded the suspects in Ilorin, the state capital on Wednesday said they would be arraigned in court soon.

He disclosed that the Inspector General of Police had sent a special team of the IGP Monitoring Unit to the state to assist the Kwara Police Command in their investigation of the matter.

Mr Moshood said intelligence gathering from the public led to the search of the home of one of the suspects in the state capital.

“Azeez Yakub a.k.a Baba Muri (Principal Suspect) who is a notorious armed robber and have been arrested, charged to court and convicted to prison severally,” he revealed.

The police spokesman added, “This suspect, now in police custody, has made a confessional statement to the Police investigation Team.

“He confessed and admitted that one Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a (Adedoyin), the vigilante commander in Adeta Zone, introduced him to the business and also supplies the human skulls and other body parts for him to sell. Eleven (11) human skulls were recovered from his possession during police search on his residence.”

Moshood said the police were still investigating and intensifying efforts to arrest other suspects, including prominent personalities mentioned by the suspects but still at large.

He reiterated that all the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of the investigation.

Ogun Police Parade Four Suspected Ritualists With Human Parts

suspected ritualists, Police parade, Police arrest, ritualists, human partsThe Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested and paraded four suspected ritualists with items suspected to be human hearts and other human parts recovered from them.

Parading the suspects at the state headquarters of the Police, Eleweran in Abeokuta, the state capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Hammed Iliyasu, said that the suspects have been engaging in this illicit business for some years before they were apprehended.

The Police boss maintained that the Police would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that criminals in the state change from their evil ways or relocate from the area.

One 34-year-old Nurudeen Adeniyi, a resident of Ijebu-Igbo, confessed to the crime.

Their last victim was a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly killed and whose corpse was dumped in a nearby river before they were arrested by the Police.

Police Nab Ritualists, Fraudsters In Oyo State

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has arrested some fraudsters cum ritualists in their hideout situated in Ona Ara Local Government Area of the state.

The Special Ambush Squad alongside the Anti-kidnapping Squad which was led by the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, succeeded in making the arrests without bloodshed.

One of the suspects, Ismael Adesina, a 42-year-old man who was arrested at the scene of crime, confessed to duping people for over five years in a compound set in the thick jungles of Isase after Badeku community in Ona Ara LG.

Fake foreign currencies, charms, machetes and other criminal items were also recovered from the den which looked more like a ritualist haven.

Channels Television crew were able to take shots from a safe distance where the squad took positions to smoke out the suspects.

The traditional head of the Isase village where the shrine is located expressed shock at the discovery and promised that the community would ensure the demolition of the place.

Meanwhile, Mr Katsina has said that his command will not relent in efforts to wipe out crime, adding that the intelligence led operations of his special squad made the arrests possible just before they committed another crime.

Ibadan Kidnappers Den: Police Seeks Community Co-operation

Olabisi Okuwobi-ObanaforPolice Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Superintendent of Police, Olabisi Okuwobi-Obanafor, has called on citizens to help the Force in tackling crime by being vigilant as policemen cannot be every where, every time.

“It is not possible for the Police to be everywhere, almost at every time. So we need other people like members of the public to be our eyes, our ears and that’s why we talk of community policing.”

While speaking on Channels Television, she further explained that the building where the heinous acts were perpetuated was hidden and would not have raised the suspicion of people as it was isolated from other buildings in the area by a canal.

Describing the incident as “unfortunate, particularly because the den was situated in the city centre, the PPRO said the Police should have been informed of the site, since there were houses around the den.

“Police are like fishermen”, she said, maintaining that “there’s no fisherman that can catch all the fishes in the ocean because it is not possible for the fisherman to see everything.”

Human skeletons, decomposing bodies, body parts had been discovered at an abandoned building in Oluyole, Ibadan. Bodies were believed to have belonged to unfortunate victims of ritual killings. While about seven people were rescued from the den.

Special Adviser, Public Affairs to the Oyo State government, Toye Arulogun, explained the State government’s involvement concerning the ownership of the property in question saying “Every land in the State is owned by government, and that particular area (is under the purview) of Ibadan Local Government Properties, who government has given the Certificate of Occupancy, has a duty to lease such to people who are willing.”

He disclosed that the building had been leased to a private company in 1988 and that the Government had revoked the lease license, following the discovery of human parts.

Special Adviser, Environment and Habitat, to the Governor of Oyo State, Yomi Oke, who was also a guest on the programme, debunked claims that the administrator had obtained a document form the Ministry of Environment giving him leave to operate a place to take care of mentally-ill people.