Four ritualist suspects who were arrested with a human head and hands were among other criminal suspects paraded today by the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan.
Two of the suspects, Olapade Saheed, 32, and Olatunji Abiodun, 26, were said to have been arrested with the exhibits at Ayegun Area of the capital city by vigilante men.
The human parts were severed from a corpse buried barely four days earlier in the area.
A muslim cleric, Hammed Sulaiman, 35, who participated in the Fidaus prayer for the deceased whose body parts were severed was also paraded alongside the Presiding pastor of Light of God C & S Church, Ojagbo, Oranyan, Ibadan.
Sulaiman, who said he had requested for some human parts which he needed to make money rituals had taken the duo of Saheed and Abiodun to the grave side of the deceased. The pastor partner took custody of the severed human parts before the bubble burst.
Narrating what led to the arrest, Sulaiman said he only needed a handful of human parts to mix with some concortion to make financial breakthrough and he had requested the friend to help him get the human parts.
He said he paid N2, 500 to the people who severed the human body, claiming however that he has no knowledge of what the group was going to do with the human head.
In all, no fewer than 18 criminal suspects were paraded at yesterday police parade by the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude.
Other suspects included a notorious kidnap kingpin, Bolaji Shittu, 40, who had been on the Command wanted list and an armed robbery gang who specializes in snatching motorcycles at gun point in various parts of the Ibadan metropolis.
Shittu, who had participated in series of kidnapping across the state alongside his gang members had carried out successful operations and collected huge sums of money from the his victim was also paraded.
A notorious cult gang leader, Alaba Ojo also known as Ojoweliweli, 28, who had led other members of his cult to cause mayhem and wanton destruction of lives and property in Foko, Born Photo during a carnival which held late 2016.
“During the violence which led to serious breakdown of law and order in the parts of the town where innocent people and two people were killed and shops looted, the gang leader had escaped arrest on several occasion but was eventually nabbed due to the intensify intelligence of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad”, Odude said.
A gang of fraudsters, Ahmed Olagbami, 52, Lanre Adams, 53, Akin Olorode, 52 and Hammad Abass, 40 who specialize in obtaining goods from unsuspecting victims through fake bank alert were also smashed by the Command.
The suspects through a fake bank alert were said to have fraudulently obtained 1,800 bags of Dangote cement valued at about N4.5million from a victim, Rafiu Ibrahim. But, 863 bags of the cement were also recovered from the suspects.
Another suspect, Tayo Ogunleye, 39, who impersonates as the Marketing Manager of a popular chain store to deceive his victims and offer them phony job offers was also on the list of paraded criminals.
However, Odude said the Command aside from the items and ammunition recovered from the suspects, was also able to rescued a 39 years-old woman and her 7year old son who were kidnapped in their home at Soka area of the capital city barely two weeks ago.
The victims, Ganiyat Yisau and Feranmi Adaramaja who had spent eight days at the kidnappers den in Ayegun area of the state were said to have suffered serious torture while in custody but were eventually rescued by the Sanyo Division of the Command with the effort of the Commands Anti-kidnapping Squad.