Ogun State Police Command has arrested a serial ritual killer syndicate, who reportedly killed and dismembered one Sunday Okosun at Agbara village, in Mawuko area of Abeokuta, the state capital.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, yesterday, gave the name of the suspects as Lekan Oladipupo, Sulaiman Aremu, Ifayemi Madru, Shittu Saheed, Samod Sulaiman, Akanji Moruf and Tajudeen Adekunle. He said they were arrested following a report lodged at Bode Olude divisional headquarters by one Abraham Okosun.
Oyeyemi said Abraham Okosun, who visited his brother discovered that he was brutally murdered by unknown person(s), and his remains dismembered.
He said: “Upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Bode Olude Division, DSP Durojaye Rotimi, who visited the scene with detectives, immediately embarked on an intelligence based investigation to unravel those behind the dastardly act.
“Acting on credible information, the detectives traced and apprehended Lekan Oladipupo, who on interrogation confessed to being the actual person who shot and killed the deceased with a dane gun. His confession led to the arrest of other six suspects.”
Oyeyemi said on interrogation, each of the suspects narrated their respective roles in the gruesome murder of the deceased and others who have been killed in similar circumstances.
“Lekan Oladipupo informed the police that his own role is to look for victims, usually in the bush around Mawuko area and shoot such unfortunate person to death. He will then contact Sulaiman Aremu, who will butcher the corpse and remove vital parts to be distributed to their standby customers.
“The customers are Ifayemi Badru, who bought the heart, hands and other parts of the body, Shittu Saheed bought the head, Akanji Moruf bought the heart of another of their victims, while Tajudeen Adekunle bought the head.
“The suspects confessed to have killed not less than four persons in similar circumstances and that their body parts were used for money making rituals. They also informed the police that they have code names for each human part whenever they want to make requests from their butcher man. For example, they normally refer to the human head as a ball, the heart as a transformer, while the hands are code-named as fans.”
The PPRO said the gun and cutlasses used for the dastardly act have been recovered, adding that the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, who described the incident as height of man’s inhumanity to man, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the homicide section of the state’s criminal investigation and intelligence department, for discreet investigation with the view to charging them to court as soon as possible.