Police nab herbalist, bricklayer for allegedly killing housewife, son for money ritual

March 22, 2021
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LAGOS – Detectives attached to the Ogun State Police Command have arrested a herbalist and a bricklayer on the allegation that they murdered a house wife and her son for money-making ritual. 

The 29- year-old herbalist, Baoku Gbuyi, and a 27-year old bricklayer, Olamide Odulaja, allegedly killed Modupeola Folorunsho and her four-year old son, Peter Folorunsho, for money making ritual. 

Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, who confirmed the arrest of the duo, said the arrest of the suspects followed a report at Ijebu Igbo Police Division by Modupeola’s husband. 

Oyeyemi said the husband lodged a report of the missing persons to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ijebu Igbo Division on February 14, 2021 that his wife and son went out since the previous day and did not return, adding that efforts to locate them did not yield positive result. 

He said SP Kazeem Solotan consequently detailed detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the woman and her son. 

He added that the detectives embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation, which led them to the arrest of Olamide Odulaja at Ibadan

“On interrogation, Olamide confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on February 13, 2021, and that the victim and her son were killed for money ritual at the house of the said herbalist. 

“He stated further that it was the herbalist that burnt the woman’s head which he used for him,” Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, added. 

He said the confession of Olamide led detectives to arrest the herbalist who was residing at Araromi Street, Japara Ijebu Igbo. 

He said that on getting to his (herbalist) residence, it was discovered that the he had run away when he heard that Olamide had been arrested. 

“Subsequently, all the adjoining divisions were alerted to be on the look-out for the fleeing suspect. He was eventually traced to Kajola village, where he was arrested by the DPO, Awa Ijebu, with the assistance of hunters and local vigilantes,” the police image maker disclosed. 

He said that on interrogation, the herbalist confessed that it was Olamide Odulaja who approached him for money making ritual following which he asked him to bring a head of human being as one of the material to be used. 

He stated further that they both conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughtered them for that purpose. 

“He confessed further that he burnt the woman’s head with some other herb material which he gave to Olamide to use. When asked about the little boy, he said that his head and remains were dumped inside a pit latrine,” he said. 

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who commended his men for their display of investigative intelligence has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution. 

The CP who described the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man, warned those who engage in money making ritual to desist as only hard work backed with prayer can lead to success. 

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