Charles Nwoke, Ibadan, Nigeria
November 28, 2020
The Nigerian Police Force, Oyo State Command has apprehended and paraded two suspected criminals, Aliu Mubarak and Adewale Abiodun, for being in possession of the burnt skulls of the two policemen set ablaze in Ibadan during the EndSARS protest. The suspects who confessed the crime narrated how they sold the skulls for N1,000 when paraded on Friday.
During an interview with newsmen at the Oyo State Command of the Nigerian Police in Eleyele, Ibadan, Abiodun, a boy of 17, and Mubarak, a 24-year-old, revealed that they sold the skulls to a native doctor in their neighborhood.
The two suspects, alongside Oladipupo Ifakorede, the native doctor, were reportedly nabbed at Oluwo axis of Ibadan by men of the Quick Intervention Unit of the Oyo State Police Command on November 15, Sunday.
Abiodun confessed, “On Monday, October 22, Mubarak asked me to follow him to Alabata area in Ibadan, where his wife was staying. We got to Iwo Road and saw that the road had been blocked. Smoke was billowing. When we moved closer to see what was happening, we saw humans being burnt.
“The mob was hitting the burnt bodies with sticks and started taking the body parts. Mubarak came to me and said he wanted to take some of the body parts. He said he had someone he would sell them to. Mubarak went to take the two skulls.
“We went to the native doctor’s residence in our neighborhood. After negotiation, the native doctor gave us N500 with the promise to pay the balance of N500. He told us he was not the one who would use them, but that he would take them to a cleric in Ilorin, Kwara State, for ritual purposes.
“After leaving the residence of the native doctor, Mubarak and I went to a restaurant and used the N500 to eat. About 7 pm the same day, the native doctor saw me at a junction in our area and gave me an N500 balance. Mubarak and I shared the money at N250 each on the third day.”
In addition to Abiodun’s confession statement, Mubarak said, “some people in the crowd removed hands, legs, fingers, and feet, while others gathered the ashes from the burnt bodies and took them away. I told Abiodun that I would take the skulls”.
Nwachukwu Enwonwu, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, said the suspects would soon be arraigned in court for trial.