Ogun State Police Command has arrested three persons including a pastor, Felix Ajadi, for allegedly killing a 39-year-old man, Muyiwa Adekunle, for ritual purposes in the state.
Ajadi and the two other suspects, Idowu Abel and Clement Adeniyi, after executing the crime, reportedly dismembered Adekunle’s corpse for ritual purposes and buried the victim’s remains in a shallow grave.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement on Tuesday that the suspects were arrested following a report by the deceased’s elder brother, Oluwaseyi Adekunle.
He said, “Upon receiving the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Owode-Yewa Division, CSP Mohammed Baba, detailed detectives to unfold the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man.
“In the course of their investigation, it was gathered that Idowu Abel was the person who picked Adekunle from his house.
“Upon the discovery, Idowu Abel was traced and arrested. On interrogation, he confessed that Adekunle, who happened to be his friend, was lured out by him and taken to the farm of the second accomplice, Clement Adeniyi, where he was killed and butchered.”
Oyeyemi said Abel confessed further that an unidentified herbalist, who was introduced to him by the pastor, Ajadi, requested a human head, heart, two hands, and legs.
He said the herbalist, promised to pay him N200,000 if he gets the listed human parts for him and that the herbalist paid N80,000 as advance payment with the promise to pay the balance of N120,000 on receiving the items.
“ Idowu Abel went to his friend Muyiwa Adekunle after collecting the advance payment, and asked him to escort him somewhere. The victim, who didn’t suspect any foul play followed him innocently, and he was taken to the farm of Clement Adeniyi, where they killed him, dismembered his body, and hurriedly buried his remains in a shallow grave on the farm.
“Clement Adeniyi and Pastor Felix Ajadi were arrested based on his confession, while the herbalist who was simply identified as Abeeb, aka Boko, has fled.”
Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.