The Ondo State Command of the Nigerian Police on Thursday paraded three suspected ritualists who specialised in luring and kidnapping female students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, using them for rituals.
Parading the suspects at the state headquarters of Police, Igbatoro, Akure, the State Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju, said the suspects who have been engaging in the business have spread their tentacles beyond the state.
The suspects who include: John Adenitire also known as Emir, Fisayo Fasanu a.k.a Abore and Alfa Abdurafiu Tijani, a herbalist were arrested at different locations, confessed to killing of three students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
Speaking on their arrest, the Police boss explained that the report of a missing girl was made at Fagun Police station in Ondo town on the 28th of July, while police swung into action.
He explained that one of the suspects, Adenitire, was arrested in a robbery incident in Ondo, and later confessed to the kidnap and killing of the missing girl for ritual.
He said further investigation led to the discovery of two other female students who had been killed for ritual disclosing that Adenitire’s confession led to the arrest of two other suspects who participated in the killing.
He said Adenitire and Fasanu confessed selling the bodies of the ladies to a Muslim cleric in Ore, Abdurafiu Tijani, who promised to pay N15 million for the parts of the parts of the ladies.
Confessing to the crime, 30 year old, Adenitire said “they promised to give us N5 million for a left breast and left hand and we were able to send three different bodies to them but they have not send the police before the police nabbed me.
“We have killed three girls and remove their breast and buried their remains in the bush. We gave the parts to the Alfa and Sile who is also part of us but has taken to his heels after our arrest
“I was not there when the victims were killed but I was the one keeping vigil at the entrance of the bush and the operation was successful. I did not participate in the killing.”
Also speaking, Fasanu also known as “abore” said I was in my house when John Adenitire, “Emir” told me he has business that can lead to cool money for us. He told me it’s about ritual and assured me there was no problem.
“We went out the second day around 9:30pm and two girls and one boy were picked and we killed them before removing their parts while Sile took them to herbalists in Ore and Ijebu Igbo.”
However, the Police Commissioner said “after series of interrogation, the suspects confessed to mutilating the body of the victim for ritual purposes. They took us to where they buried one of the victims, and we found the body already decomposing.”
Two students of the College of Education in Ondo town, Miss Oladepo Blessing and Oluwasemilore Mary had earlier been declared missing while the police in the state were investigating the where about of the two students. (Tribune)