Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested one Monday Karezu with a decomposing human head for money making ritual purpose.
The 32-year-old Karezu, who is a citizen of Benin Republic, was said to have killed his daughter earlier for an unsuccessful money making ritual.
He was arrested alongside a 44-year-old Togolese, Anagonou Kamelan, on November 3 following information received by men of the Modus Operandi section of the state CIID.
The police unit had got a tip-off that the men would visit a herbalist with the human head which they planned to use for money making ritual.
With the information, the DSP Nurudeen Gafar-led team was said to have mobilised his men to the herbalist’s house, where the suspects were nabbed after two hours of laying ambush for them.
Spokesman of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi told newsmen on Sunday, that Karezu had lied to the police that he got the head from a place known as Ijale papa; “but investigation revealed the human head with him was that of a woman who died three months ago during childbirth.”
Oyeyemi added that the corpse was buried near the suspect’s house.
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He said, “It was further discovered that the suspect had one time killed his nine months old daughter and used her head for the same purpose but did not succeed.
“He had also exhumed another corpse, removed the head and used it for money making ritual but failed.”
Karezu’s accomplice, Kamalen, a Togolese, had told him that “he knew an herbalist who can do ‘original money making ritual’ with human head.”
This, Oyeyemi said, informed the exhuming of the corpse, whose head he cut off to the herbalist’s house.
The state Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, had ordered a full investigation into the past activities of the suspects.