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Herbalist, bricklayer nabbed for killing Ogun housewife for money ritual

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By Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Police in Ogun state have arrested a herbalist and a bricklayer for allegedly conspiring to kill a house wife, Modupeola Folorunsho and her four-year-old son, Peter, for money making ritual in Ijebu-Ode area of the state.

The suspects, Baoku Gbuyi, 29, and Olamide Odulaja, 27, were arrested following a report received at Ijebu Igbo division from the woman’s husband on 14th of February 2021, that his wife and his son went out since the previous day and yet to return home.

The police public relations officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement in Abeokuta, that efforts of the man to locate the whereabouts of his wife and son proved abortive as he and other family members had searched everywhere for them.

Oyeyemi said that upon report of the case of missing person, the DPO Ijebu Igbo division SP Kazeem Solotan detailed his detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the woman and her son which led to the arrest of the two culprits

He said that on investigation, the bricklayer was nabbed at Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, and confessed to committing the crime.

The suspect confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on the 13 of February 2021 killed them for money ritual at the house of the herbalist who burnt the woman’s head which he used for him.

Upon his confession, detectives went after the herbalist Araromi Street, Japara Ijebu-Igbo residence only to find he had fled on hearing that his partner-in-crime had been nabbed by the police.

All the adjoining divisions were alerted to be on lookout for the fleeing suspect. He 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 the bricklayer approached him for money making ritual and he asked him to bring the head of a human being as one of the materials to be used.  He said that they both conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughtered them for ritual purpose, saying he burnt the woman’s head with some other herbal materials 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.

The commissioner of police, CP Edward Ajogun, who commended his men for their display of investigative intelligence has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.

He described the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man, warning those who are looking for money making ritual to desist as only hard work backed with prayer can lead to success.

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