Officers of the Oyo State Police Command have apprehended three persons in possession of two human skulls in Ogbomoso.
The state Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, has revealed that the arrest was made after members of the public tipped off the police that the suspects were dealing in human parts, Sunday Punch reports.
According to the reports, one of the skulls had what looked like a deep cut from a machete at its temple, leaving the police to conclude that the victim was gruesomely murdered.
Sunday Punch reports that the suspects identified as Ramoni Akeem, 41, Azeez Ojelade, 36, and Salimon Salami, 40, were arrested by the police at their hide out in Ogbomosho.
One of the suspects, Akeem, in his confession, said that he procured the the skulls for N10,000 and that Salami was the vendor.
Akeem said, “I am a herbalist and I heal people with herbs. I have never used body parts for rituals. One day, a friend came to me and said his friend discovered two corpses on a land where he had wanted to cut trees. He asked if I knew what body parts could be used for. I told him that I did not know anything about charms prepared with body parts.
“One of our friends, Saheed Ifa, who is a senior herbalist, heard about it and said he could make use of the skulls to prepare charms. When the skulls were produced, the man who brought them demanded for N10, 000. I paid him in four instalments. But that is all I know about the skulls. Ifa has travelled to Lagos. I don’t know where he lives in Lagos.”
Meanwhile Salami denied any wrong doing, claiming to have discovered the corpses but had no hand in their death.
“I was asked to cut some trees on a large piece of land but when I got there, I discovered two corpses and I told a friend that I was afraid to work on the land because someone killed two people there. He said I should continue with my work while he looked for what to do with the corpses. When he got a buyer, he contacted me and I went back to the bush and dismembered the heads from the bodies,” he said.
Ojelade’s role in the crimes is yet to be revealed but the suspects remain in police custody as further investigations are carried out into the case after which they will be arraigned in court.