The police command in Ekiti on Wednesday confirmed the gruesome killing of a 78-year-old grandmother and widow by persons suspected to be ritualists, in Ikere Ekiti, Ikere Local Government.
The command’s public relations officer, Sunday Abutu, who confirmed the incident, described it as “unfortunate and mysterious”.
Mr Abutu said investigation had begun into the case and that the Criminal Investigation Department, had been directed to take over the case.
He added that the corpse of the deceased had since been recovered, and deposited in the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital in Ikere Ekiti.
Concerned local sources had earlier told reporters that the victim, Sabianah Aranilewa, was not only killed, her blood was drained and vital organs were removed by suspected rituals.
Also confirming the reports, the deceased’s son, Eyitope Aranilewa, said his mother went missing on Friday, May 29, around 6: 45 a.m. while washing clothes at her residence along Moshood road, Odo-Oja area of Ikere-Ekiti.
He said his mother’s friend referred to as Mrs Ojolo, first raised the alarm and organised a search party, but efforts to find her were unsuccessful until 4 p.m. when her corpse was found inside a stream with her throat slit and other vital organs removed.
He said, “On that fateful day I got a distress call that my mother was missing.
“It was my mother’s friend, Mrs Ojolo, who resides within a short distance from her shop that raised the alarm when she did not see her in the shop
“The matter was immediately reported at the police station, but it was not long that information came that her body had been located at a place not far from the home.
“She was slaughtered like a goat and the corpse dumped in a shallow stream, flowing through the back of her home,’’ he said.