Police nab herbalist, artisan for killing housewife for ritual in Ogun

Police nab herbalist, artisan for killing housewife for ritual in Ogun
Charles Nwoke, Abeokuta, Nigeria
March 22, 2021 

The Nigerian Police, Ogun State Command, have apprehended a 29-year-old herbalist, Baoku Gbuyi, and a 27-year-old bricklayer, Olamide Odulaja, for allegedly killing a housewife, Modupeola Folorunsho, and her four-year-old son, Peter, for making money ritual.

The two suspects were nabbed following a report by the head of the family, Abiola Folorunsho, that his wife and son were nowhere to be found.

DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the Ogun State Command Public Relations Officer stated this in a statement on Sunday when addressing newsmen.

DSP Oyeyemi said the bereaved husband complained to the Ijebu-Igbo Divisional Police Headquarters last week Sunday.

He added that Abiola complained that every effort to locate his wife and son, who went out together, did not yield any fruit.

The PPRO, said, upon the report, a case of missing persons was recorded and the Ijebu-Igbo Divisional Police Officer, SP Kazeem Solotan, detailed crack detectives to investigate the mystery behind the disappearance of the victims.

He said, “The detectives there and then embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the arrest of Olamide Odulaja at Ibadan, Oyo State.

“On interrogation, Olamide confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on February 13, 2021, and that the victim and her son 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.

“Upon his confession, detectives went after the herbalist, who resides on Araromi Street, Japara Ijebu Igbo.

“On getting to his residence, it was discovered that the herbalist had taken to his heels having heard about the arrest of Olamide.

“Subsequently, all the adjoining divisions were alerted to be on the lookout for the fleeing suspect.

“He 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 a money-making ritual, following which he asked him to bring the head of a human being as one of the materials to be used.

“He stated further that they both conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughtered them for that purpose.

“He confessed further that he burnt the woman’s head with some other herbal materials, 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.”

Oyeyemi further stated that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, commended the officers for their show of investigative intelligence.

The PPRO said the CP, who described the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man, warned those looking for quick money ritual to desist, as only hard work coupled with prayer, could lead anyone to success and breakthrough…