The Ogun State Police Command has apprehended three persons, including a pastor named Felix Ajadi for allegedly kidnapping and murdering a 39-year-old man, Adekunle Muyiwa.
Muyiwa was reportedly dismembered for ritual purposes and the suspects were arrested following a report lodged at Owode Yewa divisional headquarters last week by the elder brother of the victim, Oluwaseyi Adekunle.
The arrest was disclosed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Oyeyemi, the victim’s elder brother reported that his younger brother left home on November 10, 2022, and did not return.
“Upon the report, the DPO, Owode-Yewa division, Mohammed Baba, detailed his crack detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man.
“In the course of their investigation, it was discovered that Abel was the person who came to pick up the missing man from his house on the fateful day.
“Upon the discovery, the said Abel was traced and arrested.
“During interrogation, Abel confessed that the victim, who happened to be his bosom friend, was lured out by him and taken to his second accomplice, Adeniyi’s farm where he was killed and butchered to pieces.
“He confessed further that it was one herbalist who was introduced to him by Pastor Ajadi that requested for human head, heart, two hands and legs.
“He stated further that the said herbalist who is now at large promised to pay him the sum of N200,000 if he is able to get the listed human parts for him.
“He explained further that the herbalist paid N80,000 as advance payment with the promise to pay the balance of N120,000 after receiving the items.
“After collecting the advance payment, Abel went to his friend, Muyiwa, and asked him to escort him somewhere.
“Being a long-time friend, the victim, who didn’t suspect any foul play, followed him innocently, and he was taken to the farm of Adeniyi where they killed him and dismembered his body.
“His head was cut off, the heart was also removed.
“The remaining parts were hurriedly buried in a shallow grave on the said farm.
“His confession led to the arrest of Adeniyi and Pastor Ajadi, while the herbalist who was simply identified as Abeeb a.k.a Boko had taken to his heels.”
Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation.
“He also directed that the fleeing herbalist must be hunted and brought to book.”
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