A Beninoise identified as Monday Karezu and a Togolese, Anagonou Kamelan have been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for illegal possession of a fresh human head.
The 32-year-old and the 42-year-old suspects were apprehended at the house of a herbalist while attempting a money ritual.
The spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement released on Sunday disclosed that Kamelan and Karezu were arrested on November 3, 2021, following information made available to the operatives of the Modus Operandi Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
Oyeyemi stated that policemen were informed that some men were going to a herbalist’s house with a human head to make a money ritual.
He said, “Upon the information, the DSP Nurudeen Gafar-led team swiftly moved to the area where the herbalist’s house was situated and laid ambush there.
“Two hours after being there, the two suspects arrived on a motorcycle with a bag containing the human head, and they were promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, Karezu informed the police that he got the head from a place known as Ijale Papa.
“This made the policemen follow him to the place, only to discover that he was lying.
“Further investigation revealed that Karezu is a resident of the Sabo area of Abeokuta and that the human head with him was that of a woman who died three months ago during childbirth and was buried not too far from his house.
“It was further discovered that the suspect had one time killed his nine months old daughter and used her head for the same purpose, but did not succeed.
“He had also exhumed another corpse, removed the head and used it for money-making ritual, but failed.
“The latest one that landed them in trouble was introduced to him by Anagonou Kamalen, a Togolese, who informed him that he knew a herbalist who could do an original money-making ritual for him with a human head, hence he exhumed the corpse of the woman buried not too far to his house, cut off the head and in the company of his accomplice, took it to the herbalist’s house, where they were apprehended before delivering it.”
The police spokesperson noted that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Lanre Bankole, had ordered a full investigation into the past activities of the suspects and they would be charged to court at the end of the investigation.