Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspected ritualists- Monday Karezu, 32, a national of Benin republic; and Anagonou Kamelan, 44, a Togolese for the unlawful possession of a fresh human head.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday.
According to the statement, the suspects were arrested on November 3 at a herbalist’s house while attempting to do ritual money, following information received by men of the state’s Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department.
“Based on the information we received, the DSP Nurudeen Gafar-led team swiftly moved to the area where the herbalist house was situated and laid an ambush there. Two hours after their 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 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 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 knows a herbalist who can do ‘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 house where they were apprehended before delivering it,” Opeyemi explained.
Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of police, Lanre Bankole, has ordered a full investigation into the past activities of the suspects which once concluded, the suspects would be charged to court.