By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested some suspected ritual killers in Abeokuta and its suburbs.
The suspects, revealed during interrogations, codes for different human parts to evade detection.
The suspects, according to the spokesman of the police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, are 38 years old Lekan Oladipupo of Sotan Village; 30 years old Sulaiman Aremu of Imala Elega, Abeokuta; 24 years old Ifayemi Badru and 38 years old Shittu Saheed of Alarugbo Village.
Others are 35 years old Samod Sulaiman of Sotan Village; 23 years old Akanji Moruf of Alabata Village and 36 years old Tajudeen Adekunle of Sapon, Abeokuta.
The suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Bode Olude Divisional Headquarters of the police by one Aharahm Okosun.
Okosun reported that he visited his brother, one Sunday Okosun, at Agbara Village via Mawuko, Abeokuta, only to discover that he had been brutally murdered by unknown person(s) with his remains dismembered.
The police spokesman said upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer of Bode Olude Division, Durojaye Rotimi, who visited the scene with his detectives, embarked on intelligence based investigation to unravel those behind the act.
Acting on credible information, the detectives were said to have trace and apprehend Lekan Oladipupo who on interrogation confessed to being the person who shot and killed the deceased with his dane gun.
His confession led to the arrest of the other six suspects.
On interrogation, according to Oyeyemi, each of the suspects narrated their respective roles in the gruesome murder of the deceased and others who had been killed in similar circumstances.
Lekan Oladipupo informed the police that his own role was to look for their victim, usually in the bush around Mawuko area, and shoot whoever the unfortunate persons might be to death.
He said he would then contact Sulaiman Aremu, who would butcher the corpse of the victim and remove vital parts to be distributed to their standby customers.
The customers, the suspect said, were Ifayemi Badru, who bought the heart, hands and other parts of the body; Shittu Saheed, he said, bought the head; Akanji Moruf bought the heart of another of their victims while Tajudeen Adekunle bought the head.
The suspects also confessed to killing not less than four persons in similar circumstances and their their body parts used for money making rituals.
They also informed the police that they had code names for each human part whenever they wanted to request for it from their butchers.
The codes for the parts are: Head (ball); Heart (transformer) and Hands (fans).
The police said the gun and cutlass they used for the dastardly act had been recovered.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, who described the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to homicide section of the state’s criminal investigation and intelligence department for discreet investigation with the view of charging them to court as soon as possible.