Amotekun arrests three men for allegedly killing 73-year-old man for money ritual

Operatives of the Oyo State Command of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun have apprehended three men for allegedly kidnapping and killing a 73-year-old man, Adebisi Adeniyi for money rituals.

Parading the suspects, before journalists, on Tuesday at the headquarters of Amotekun corps in Ibadan, the Deputy Commandant of Amotekun in the state, Mr Babalola Akinro said the security agency would not relent in its efforts to tackle all forms of criminalities.

The suspects, who are Ismail Muraina, Olalekan Muhideen and Abdurasheed Olanrewaju explained to journalists how the victim was kidnapped along Amuloko-Akanran road on Sunday and was killed.

Ismail said Olanrewaju needed a human head for money rituals and contacted him. He said he was given N35,000 to get the head and he contacted Muhideen who brought a live human being in place of a human head.

He further explained how the victim was pinned down by the three of them and how Muhideen held the man by the neck and beheaded him.

Ismail said the two of them were afraid of killing the victim but said when Muhideen came, they were hypnotised and joined him without asking questions.

He said, “I was scared when he brought the man but when he came, I believed he used charm to talk to us, we obeyed him. I held the legs of the man, Alfa held his head and Muhideen beheaded him.”

Muhideen also confessed that he hypnotised the victim around Amuloko area and asked him to board a tricycle with him.

He said, “After beheading the man, I gave that man the head and I carried the headless body to the back of where I live and buried it there. But a woman who saw the fresh grave confronted me and I told her that I buried somebody there. She informed others and that was how I was arrested.”

The decomposing headless body of the 73-year-old victim, which was wrapped in a bedsheet was brought to the Amotekun office as evidence.

Olanrewaju, who also confessed that he was the one that wanted to use the head for ritual said he was given the head which he took to his home and burnt it in a pot.

He stated: “I told them that I needed a human head and not a live human being. After killing the man, they gave me the head and I took it home and started burning it. What remains of the head is here in the pot.”

One of the distraught children of the septuagenarian victim, Mrs Olufunke Olaosun, described Muhideen as a relative.

She said Muhideen called her father to come.and meet him somewhere to collect the money he was being owed but he was killed.

She said the family had searched everywhere for their father but they were told to come to Amotekun office on Tuesday afternoon, where they identified the headless corpse as the remains of their father.

However, the Deputy Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Kazeem Akinro, who commented on the incident said an investigation was still ongoing and the suspects would be transfered to the police for prosecution.

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