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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Police Arrest Two At Ritualists Den in Ogun State (Photo)

Police Arrest Two At Ritualists Den in Ogun State (Photo)

According to PUNCH, the den was located within an abandoned filling station, Ayokunnu, about 20 metres from the popular Iyana Ilogbo Bus Stop, along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Residents and passers-by in Iyana Ilogbo area of Ogun State were stunned on Saturday as men of the state Police Command uncovered a ritualists’ den in the area.

Policemen from Sango Division of the command, who acted on a tip off, swooped on the den around 7am only to discover a decomposing body of a male victim in the first open room in the base floor of the one-storeyed building.

It was not only the decomposing body, other victims’ shoes, clothes and caps, including a machete, were also found in the den. Two suspects were arrested in the operation, which lasted for about 30 minutes.

The two suspected ritualists arrested were Babatunde Taofeek and Hammed Hassan. Two of their accomplices were said to be on the run.

Some of those who spoke gave two versions to the incident. A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the ritualists had been operating in the place for sometime.

The resident said, “Their secret was leaked on Saturday when some people who were returning from a vigil saw them dragging some people inside the building and they quickly alerted some people who called the police.’’

Another resident who did not want to be named said that two lucky captives in the custody of the ritualists escaped from the building and it was in an attempt to recapture them that their activities became known.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident and the arrest of the suspects.

Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said the incident happened at about 7am, and that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sango Division and men of the Anti-Robbery Squad, immediately swung into action after a tip off on the activities of the suspected ritualists.

He said one Babatunde Taofeek and one Hammed Hassan were found in the building with a lifeless body of a man suspected to have been killed by the suspects.

 Adejobi said, “Items recovered from the scene included a cutlass, clothes, shoes and caps, the suspects were at an abandoned filling station (Ayokunnu), at Iyana-Ilogbo.”

 He said effort was ongoing to arrest the owner of the abandoned filling station, adding that the suspects were under interrogation.

Adejobi also said the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, had ordered that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department of the Command, at Eleweran, Abeokuta for further investigation.

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