The Ogun Police Command reports that it has detained five people who are believed to be part of a gang that specialises in exhuming bodies from graves and taking body parts for ritual use.
The suspects were detained on Saturday in Odogbolu, according to Police Spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, who revealed this in a statement on Sunday in Abeokuta.
Oyeyemi listed the suspects’ ages as 60-year-old Oshole Fayemi, 39-year-old Oseni Adesanya, 30-year-old Ismaila Seidu, 69-year-old Oseni Oluwasegun, and 50-year-old Lawal Olaiya.
He claimed that the suspects were detained as a result of information that the police at Odogbolu Divisional Headquarters had that the gang intended to conduct yet another round of human parts harvesting inside Ososa town.
He said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), of Odogbolu Division, Godwin Idehai, immediately mobilised his men and stormed the suspects’ hideout where five of them were apprehended.
“On interrogation, the suspects made confessional statements that they were actually into the business of exhuming corpses from their graves.
“They said that they usually sold the exhumed body parts to their clients who used them for money making rituals,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Frank Mba, has directed that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department for discreet investigation and possible prosecution. (NAN)