The Ogun State Police Command have arrested no fewer than two suspects for allegedly killing a housewife and her four-year-old son.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement issued on Monday, said the victims were killed for ritual purposes.
Oyeyemi identified the suspects as 29-year-old herbalists Baoku Gbuyi and a 27-year-old bricklayer, Olamide Odulaja.
The arrest of the suspects, according to the the police spokesman followed a report received at Ijebu Igbo division, from the victim’s husband, who reported that his wife and his son went out and yet to return, and efforts to locate her and the little boy was futile.
“On interrogation, Olamide confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on the 13 of February 2021 and that the victims were killed for money ritual at the house of the said herbalist.
“He stated further that, it was the herbalist who burnt the woman’s head which he used for him and upon his confession, detectives went after the said herbalist who resides in Arararomi, Jaoara, Ijebu Igbo.
“On getting to his resident, it was discovered that the herbalist has taken to flight having heard about the arrest of Olamide”, the statement explained.
On how the suspects were arrested, the police spokesman said following the complaints lodged, all the adjoining divisions were alerted to be on the lookout for the fleeing suspect who 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 it was Olamide Odulaja who approached him for the money-making ritual following which he asked him to bring a head of human being as one of the material to be used,” he stated.
The suspected herbalist was said to have opened up that they conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughter them for ritual purpose.
The suspect explained that he burnt the woman’s head with some other herb material 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.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
The CP who described the incident as the height of man inhumanity to man warned those who are out looking for a money-making ritual to desist as only hard work backed with prayer can lead to success.
EFCC arrests IT expert, six other suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Wednesay arrested one 31-year old Lateef Adewale Adeyemi who works with a private IT firm in Osogbo for internet fraud.
The other suspects arrested include: Saheed Olatunji, Bandele Olarewaju John, Yusuf Akinkunmi Azeez, Fuja Quoreeb Oluwadamilare, Odueso Oluwole Ezekiel and Akinade Teslim
They were arrested at Main Stay Hotel, Akala Express area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
The operation followed series of intelligence report linking them with alleged fraudulent activities ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, obtaining money by false pretenses and other fraud still being investigated.
One car, phones, laptops, several incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.
They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
EFCC Nabs 34 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan, Lagos
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a total of 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys. They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan, Oyo state and Lagos.
Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, were rounded up today at their hideout in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission.
The suspects are, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri, Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse, Owolabi Yakubu Josebh, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan, Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan.
Others are, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Adekunle Ibrahim Babatunde, Adeyiga Ayobami Emmanuel, Olubanji Remilekun Michael, Ibrahim Damola Iremide, Okunlaja Joshua Opeyemi, Aiyelokun Bolaji Emmanuel, Akintokun Olalekan Ibukunmi, Kehinde Victor Boluwatife, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, Shobowale Samuel Durodola, Owolabi Quadri Damilola and Monday Blessing Patrick.
The early morning raid, according to the Commission followed actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.
The arrest led to the recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards and several incriminating documents.
The remaining ten suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office on Tuesday at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following credible information on their alleged criminal activities.
The suspects who are allegedly involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate email accounts and intercept email messages, include: Daniel Udegbe, Taiwo Akintimehin, Abiola Opeyemi, Great Shayo Akintimehin, Dikoyejo Damilola Emmanuel, ibiayinabobo Daso and Toheeb Alhassan.
Others are: Michael Ofoedu Obinna, Sanni Azeez and Ridwan Adeyinka Songonuga.
Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers.
The suspects have volunteered statements to the Commission and would be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Lagos Police arraign 60 suspected cultists
The Police in Lagos state have arraigned no fewer than 60 suspected cultists before a magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of the state.
The 60 suspects, made up of 12 females and 48 males, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adebayo under the new Anti-Cultism Law of Lagos.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had fifteen days ago signed the anti-cultism bill into law.
The new law, “Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021” seeks to combat cultism in Lagos State by giving stiffer punishments to convicted cultists and those abetting them.
It prescribes a 21-year jail term for convicted cultists and a 15-year jail time for those found guilty of abetting cultism and cultists.
In the charge sheet signed by SP Yetunde Cardoso, the Officer in Charge of Legal, Lagos State Police Command, the majority of those arraigned today were arrested in Ikorodu between February and March on allegations of belonging to the Aiye cult and other unlawful societies.
Some of them were also charged with being in possession of arms and causing a breach of the peace.
Twelve of the 60 were also charged with conspiracy and the murder of one John Anibaba contrary to S222(1) Criminal Law of Lagos.