Following the death of one housewife and her four-year-old son at the hands of killers, the police have arrested two persons suspected to be the culprits.
In a statement released by the police department, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, disclosed that the victims were killed for ritual purposes.
The suspects were identified to be a 29-year-old herbalist, Baoku Gbuyi, and a 27-year-old bricklayer., Olamide Odulaja.
According to the police, the arrest was made following the report received at the Ijebu Igbo division, from the victim’s husband. He had reported that his wife and his son went out and were yet to return, and efforts to locate her and the little boy proved abortive.
“On interrogation, Olamide confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on the 13 of February 2021 and that the victims were killed for money ritual at the house of the said herbalist,” Oyeyemi said.
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“He stated further that, it was the herbalist who burnt the woman’s head which he used for him and upon Hus confession, detectives went after the said herbalist who resides in Arararomi, Jaoara, Ijebu Igbo.”
“On getting to his resident, it was discovered that the herbalist has taken to flight having heard about the arrest of Olamide.”
The police spokesman also disclosed the steps the police took to ensure they arrest the culprits. He stated that after the complaints were made, all the adjoining divisions were alerted. They were all on the lookout for the fleeing suspect who was eventually traced to Kajola village, where he was arrested by the DPO Awa Ijebu with the assistance of hunters and local vigilantes
“On interrogation, the herbalist confessed that it was Olamide Odulaja who approached him for the money-making ritual following which he asked him to bring a head of human being as one of the material to be used,” he stated.
The suspected herbalist was said to have opened up that they conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughter them for ritual purpose.
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The suspect noted that he burnt the woman’s head with some other herb material which he gave to Olamide to use.
When asked about the little boy, he said that his head and remains were dumped inside a pit latrine.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
The CP who described the incident as the height of man inhumanity to man warned those who are out looking for a money-making ritual to desist as only hard work backed with prayer can lead to success.