No fewer than seven members of a serial ritualists have been nabbed in different parts of the Abeokuta metropolis by men of the Ogun state police command.
The suspects; Lekan Oladipupo, Sulaiman Aremu, Ifayemi Madru, Shittu Saheed, Samod Sulaiman, Akanji Moruf and Tajudeen Adekunle were arrested following a report lodged at Bode Olude divisional headquarters by one Abraham Okosun.
Okosun reported that he visited his brother, Sunday Okosun at Agbara village via Mawuko Abeokuta, only to discover that his brother had been brutally murdered by unknown person(s), and his remains had been dismembered.
The Command’s PRO, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Wednesday said upon the report, the DPO Bode Olude division, Durojaye Rotimi, who visited the scene with his crack detectives embarked on intelligence based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act.
Oyeyemi said while the Police acted on credible information, the detectives traced and apprehended Lekan Oladipupo, who on interrogation confessed to have shot the deceased with his Dane gun.
His confession led to the arrest of the other six suspects.
On interrogation, each of the suspects narrated their respective roles in the gruesome murder of the deceased and others who have been killed in similar circumstances.
One of the suspects, Lekan Oladipupo informed the police that his role was to look for their victim, usually in the bush around Mawuko area.
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 not less than four persons in similar circumstances and that their bodies 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 it from their butcher man.
“For example, they refer to human head as ball, the heart as a transformer, while the hands are codenamed as fans. The gun and cutlass they used for the dastardly act have been recovered.” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had 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.