Herbalist, Islamic cleric arrested for murder

A herbalist and an Islamic cleric,  identified as Mr Tunde (surname withheld) and Nurudeen (surname withheld), respectively,  have been arrested by the police in Ogun State, over the alleged killing of a 16-year-old girl, identified as Olayinka, in Ijebu-Igbo area of the state.

Also,  one Tobi, believed to be an accomplice, was equally arrested in connection with the crime.

The accused were reported to have been arrested by a team of policemen attached to Ago-Iwoye and Ijebu-Igbo divisions,  following a report by one Mrs Serifat Adebanjo, about the unknown whereabouts of the victim.

Lagos Metro gathered that the accused  would have killed the girl for ritual purposes, as her breasts were said to have been severed.

Speaking with newsmen on the development,  the acting Police Public Relations Officer,  Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the accomplice, Tobi, who probably lured the victim, was arrested in Imosan community, in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state.

He was said to have confessed that Olayinka was in custody of Banjo in Ijebu-Igbo.

The police were said to have stormed Tunde’s home and arrested him alongside Nurudeen (Alfa), and found in their possession two fresh hearts and a tortoise.

The herbalist, upon interrogation, was said to have confessed that Olayinka had been killed, her vital organs removed and her remains thrown into Ogbere River, in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.

“The police have arrested the accused in Ijebu-Igbo. Tunde said they had killed the girl and her body dumped inside Ogbere river. The police are working to retrieve the corpse. Two human hearts and one live tortoise were also recovered from the suspects,” Oyeyemi said.