Fidelis David in Akure
A 26-year-old suspected fraudster and ritualist, Mr. Franklin Akinyosuyi, who was allegedly arrested with human part in Ondo town, Ondo State, has claimed that he was constrained to engage in rituals because of untold hardship and low patronage that threatened his business.
Akinyosuyi, who was arrested by operatives of the anti- crime unit attached to Funmbi-Fagun Police Station in Ondo town, stated this when he was paraded alongside five other suspects arrested for murder at the Ondo State Police Command Headquarters, Akure, at the weekend.
Akinyosuyi told journalists that the human head was discovered in his rented apartment located in Elewuro area of the community.
He exonerated the landlord and confirmed the ownership of all the items found in his possession, noting that he brought all the items from his herbalist who is residing in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State.
He said: “I am a photographer and I own a boutique as well. It was last year that my uncle took me to a herbalist. I explained to him that my business wasn’t moving well, so he asked me to pay N200,000 to make concoction for me, which I paid within three weeks.
“After he was done, he called me to come and pick it and that was last year November. He directed that I should be bathing with the human head every Thursday at exactly 1a.m. I used it for a month but didn’t see any difference in my business. So, I had to call the herbalist and told him to refund my money.
“I also asked him to come and pick the human head as well but he refused to come and pick it, but he had started refunding my money because he already sent me N20,000.
“So, on that faithful day, I decided to go and throw it away, so I dropped it at my backyard. Unfortunately, I went out and before I could return, my landlord’s children saw it, informed their father and they ultimately called the police.
“After we were arrested, the herbalist claimed that he paid someone to get the human head.”
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Ms. Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, said: “On August 6, 2023, a case of unlawful possession of human head was reported at Fagun Division against Franklin Akinyosoye, 26, who claimed to be a photographer and also own a boutique in Ondo town.
“The suspect was challenged by his landlord for keeping a bag in a corner of the compound and the landlord was suspicious and asked the young man to open the bag. When he did, a human skull was found in the bag. After he was arrested, he claimed it was given to him by a native doctor in Osun State.
“Further interrogation and investigation led to the arrest of one Mr. Oyegoke Dare, an evangelist, who gave the skull and other fetish materials to the suspect. One Oyelade Sarafa an herbalist who also confessed to have helped in procuring the skull from one Asekun (a vigilante) in Ikirun was also arrested. Two other suspects mentioned in connection with the case are currently at large.”
She said that the police also arrested a 47-year-old football coach, Mr. Bankole Oginni, for allegedly killing his ex-lover with hot water in Akure.
“On August 6, a young lady reported at ‘B’ Division Akure, that Bankole Oginni Oluwole, male, 47years invited her Sister Bosede Adejoro, 45years to visit him at Danjuma Street Akure in his father’s house via a phone call. She did not return home on the said day and her phone was switched off and all effort to contact her proved abortive.
“So, the next day, the daughter in company of the deceased sister and the brother in-law traced the house of the suspect to Danjuma, Oke Aro and on getting there found the lifeless body of her mother in his room, with her legs tied, patches showing that hot water had been poured on her body and her stomach cut opened with her intestines removed from her stomach.
“During investigation, the suspect claimed the woman slumped immediately she got to the house and he was scared and decided to pour her hot water and tied her leg to enable him dispose her body after removing her intestine.”
The Police spokesperson said that police personnel also arrested a 30-year-old Mr. Mohammed Musa, for hacking a farmer, Dada Itopa to death at Ebira Camp, off Ipele, in Owo council area of the state.
“On August 7, 2023, at about 08.00 hours, one Mr. Dada Itopa ‘M’ aged 45years, a pastor and his wife Dada Bose went to their farmland at Ebira Camp Ipele in company of two labourers, Mohammed Musa ‘M’ aged 30years and Omatai ‘m’ who is now at large to help them clear weeds on their farmland and a sum of N11,000:00 was agreed upon for workmanship.
“In the process, Omatai requested for a cutlass from Dada Itopa under the pretense that he wanted to use it to work on the farm but hacked Dada to death. The victim’s wife, who tried crying for help to prevent him from escaping was also matched on the head by Mohammed Musa, the victim is currently at the hospital. In the course of investigation, Mohammed Musa confessed that they carried out the attack because they needed to deliver a human head to an herbalist who requested for it in Ipele.
In furtherance to the case of one Tender Godson, who killed a policeman in Ifon and was arrested by the military, she said, “the following items were recovered from the military: one paintball marker, one toy rubber pistol, three paintball marker magazines, three motorola GP 388, two motorola chargers, one Airgas (Cylinder for Paintball marker), a white bag containing ball markers, a black container containing ball markers, camouflage tent and cover.”