Men of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested three persons, including a pastor, Felix Ajadi, for allegedly abducting and killing a 39-year-old man, Adekunle Muyiwa, whose body was dismembered for ritual purpose.
Other suspects, Idowu Abel and Clement Adeniyi, elder brother of the victim, Oluwaseyi Adekunle, were arrested last week following a report lodged at Owode Yewa division headquarters.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
Oyeyemik said the elder brother of the victim reported that his younger brother had left home since November 10, 2022 and had not returned.
He said: “Following the report, the DPO, Owode-Yewa division, Mohammed Babak, deployed his crack detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man.
“During their investigation, it was discovered that Abel was the person who came to pick up the missing man from the house on the fateful day.
“After the discovery, the said Abel was found and arrested.
“During interrogation, Abel confessed that he lured the victim, who was his best friend, and took him to his second accomplice, Adeniyi’s farm, where he was killed and dismembered.
“He further confessed that Pastor Ajadi introduced him to a herb seller who asked for a human head, heart, two hands and legs.
“He further stated that the said weed dealer who is now in the open promised to pay him the sum of N200,000 if he is able to get the listed human parts for him.
“He further explained that the herbalist paid N80,000 as an advance with a commitment to pay the balance of N120,000 after receiving the items.
“After receiving the advance payment, Abel went to his friend, Muyiwa, and asked him to escort him somewhere.
“Being an old friend, the victim, who did not suspect foul play, innocently followed him, and Adeniyi was taken to the farm, where he was killed and his body dismembered.
“They cut off his head, they also took out his heart.
“The rest of the parts were hastily buried in a shallow pit in the aforementioned farm.
“His confession led to the arrest of Adeniyi and Pastor Ajadi while the weed dealer identified as Abeeb aka Boko took to his heels.”
Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.
“He also ordered that the fleeing weed dealer be hunted down and brought to book.”