Operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun, in Oyo State have arrested a suspected human parts merchant, Mutiu Abdulrasheed, for dealing in human body parts for ritual purposes.
Speaking to journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday, Commandant of Amotekun Corps in the state, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd), said the 40-year-old man was caught with fresh hands of some persons and other body parts.
Olayanju said Abdul-Rasheed belonged to a gang involved in getting fresh human parts for some people and at the same time exhuming dead bodies of people that they knew their names and parents’ names before their demise.
The commandant noted that the suspect was investigated for some months before he was nabbed.
He added that calls have been coming in and individuals have been pressing for his release.”
The commandant, however, disclosed that items recovered from the suspect include guns, charms, decaying body parts, a motorcycle, and a car.
Olayanju said that other members of the gang are at large, adding that the gang operated in the Lagelu area of Ibadan before the suspect was apprehended.
Also speaking with reporters, the suspect, Abdulrasheed said: “We only exhume bodies that are known to us because we must know the dead person when he or she was alive.
“We must also know his or her name as well as their mother’s name. Knowing the name of the mother of the dead person that we want to sell the body parts costs from those that buy the human parts from us more.”