Police nab suspected kidnappers, ritualists

Four suspected ritualists, who were arrested with a human head and hands, were among those paraded yesterday by the Oyo State Police Command, Ibadan.

Two of the suspects, Olapade Saheed, 32 and Olatunji Abiodun, 26, were said to have been nabbed with the exhibits at Ayegun by vigilance group members.

The human parts were reportedly cut from a body buried four days earlier.

A Muslim cleric, Hammed Sulaiman, 35, who participated in the Fidaus of the deceased whose body was cut, was paraded with the pastor of Light of God C&S Church, Ojagbo, Oranyan, Ibadan.

Sulaiman, who said he requested human parts, which he needed for money rituals, took Saheed and Abiodun to the grave of the deceased. The pastor was said to have taken custody of the human parts before the act was exposed.

Sulaiman said he only needed a handful of human parts to mix with concoctions to prepare a money-vomiting juju and he asked his friend to help him get the parts.

He said he gave the people who cut the human parts N2,500.

Eighteen suspected criminals were paraded by Police Commissioner Abiodun Odude.

They included a notorious kidnap kingpin, Bolaji Shittu, 40, who had been on the command wanted list and members of a robbery gang, who specialised in snatching motorcycles at gunpoint in Ibadan.

A notorious cult leader, Alaba Ojo, popularly called Ojoweliweli, 28, who led members of his gang to cause mayhem during a carnival in 2016 was also paraded.

Suspected fraudsters, namely Ahmed Olagbami, 52, Lanre Adams, 53, Akin Olorode, 52 and Hammad Abass, 40, who specialised in obtaining goods from people through fake bank alert, were arrested by the police.

Another suspect, Tayo Ogunleye, 39, who impersonated the marketing manager of a popular store to deceive his victims and offer them phoney jobs, was paraded.

Odude said the command rescued a 39-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son, who were kidnapped at their home in Soka, Ibadan two weeks ago.

The victims, Ganiyat Yisau and Feranmi Adaramaja, who spent eight days at the kidnapers’ den at Ayegun, were reportedly tortured by their abductors.

 

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