Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Men Arrested for Selling Buried Body Parts

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Culled from Punch

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested five men for allegedly
exhuming corpses and selling their parts for ritual purposes.
According to police authorities, the suspects –, Jamiu Adeleke,
Ajibade Rafiu, Fatai Akiwowo, Kazeem Sanni and Agboola Kolawole –
had at different times sold human parts in Owode, Ogun State.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Ngozi
Braide, said Adeleke was arrested by the police and through his
confession, were able to apprehend the others.
She said, "On May 15, 2013, Adeleke was arrested by operatives of the
Special Anti-Robbery Squad while he was trying to sell human hands for
N21,000. Upon interrogation, he confessed that he bought the parts from
Sanni at the cost of N6,000.
"Police arrested Sanni and he in turn confessed that the eight hands
which he sold belonged to his siblings- his two brothers and sisters. He
confessed that he went to their graves and cut off their heads. He
confessed that he sold the heads for N8,000 each while he sold the
hands for N4,000 each.
"Investigations led to the home of an herbalist, Rafiu, who is also the
receiver. He uses the human parts for rituals. In his house, police
recovered fresh hands which he claimed was meant for jobs for his
customers. We also saw a bottle which he said was crushed human skull
mixed in fluid. He said it was for power and he uses it to make medicine
for people."
Braide said investigations showed that prior to his arrest, the herbalist
had hired some of the suspects to help him get a living human being at
the cost of N40,000.
Braide added that Adeleke, who is an Islamic scholar, however, died
while trying to escape from police custody.
The suspects, who did not deny the allegations, said they never killed
anyone but only exhumed corpses from graveyards.
Kolawole said he went into the business because he needed money to
pay his children's school fees.
He said, "I am a farmer and I live in a graveyard in Owo, Ogun State. In
December last year, I went to see my friend and begged him to lend me
money to pay my children's fees. He then said if I could help him to get
human skulls, he would pay me N8,000 for each.
"He came to my house at night and after he had exhumed two of the
corpses in the graveyards, he gave me N16,000.
"In May, 2013, I needed money to purchase examination form for my
child and I went to meet him again. He said he would give me N16, 000
for two more skulls, so he exhumed two more corpses."
A 25-year-old suspect, Sanni, who claimed to be a commercial motorcycle
rider, said he had only exhumed two corpses, adding that he ran out of
the business when his clients started demanding for a human being.
He said, "Akinowo told me to get two skulls for him and I did. He gave
me N6,000 and N8,000. He later told me to get a live human being for
him but when I could not find one, they started disturbing me with
telephone calls. I only sold two skulls."
The herbalist, Rafiu, said he never exhumed any corpse rather, it was the
other suspects that were always pestering him to buy body parts.
Rafiu, who claimed to be 28 years, said he did not use the corpses for
money rituals but used it in preparing a potion which people drank for
protection.
"I never sent anyone to supply me human parts. They always bring the
parts to my place and beg me to buy," he said.
Asked what was in the bottle recovered from him, he said, "The bottle I
am holding contains a burnt and crushed human skull and schnapps.
Anybody who drinks it will be immune to all forms of attack. I have been
doing this for about seven years now but I have never drunk the potion. I
am even scared to use it.
"I have a wife and child and it is this job I use in sustaining myself."
Another suspect, Akinowo, said poverty pushed him into the illegal
business. Akinowo, who spoke amid tears, said he was paid N8,000 for
each body part.
Akinowo said in his statement that he cut the heads of his late brothers
and two sisters buried in private graves in his compound and sold them
for N8,000 each.

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