Men of the Ogun State Police command yesterday uncovered suspected ritualists’ hideout in Ifo local government area of the state wherein two clerics were arrested.
The clerics said to be a Pastor in one of the white garment’s Churches, Ayodele Bamiduro and his 42-year old accomplice, Olushola Akindele were arrested along with a landlord for allegedly running a ritualists’ den which they christened “Lion Of Judah Church” in Ijoko area of the state. The clerics and the 56-year old landlord, Ayodele Akinola had allegedly murdered one of their female victims, cut off her head and the two palms and buried them at the back of the Lion Of Judah Church, while her remains was thrown into a nearby uncompleted building in the area.
Parading the suspects before journalists on Wednesday, the state commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu said odour oozing out of the victim’s decomposing body disturbed residents of the area thereby, prompting operatives of the Vigilance Group of Nigeria (VGN) to embark on a search.
Following the discovery of the decomposing headless body of the victim who was later simply identified as Iya Aanu, the VGN operatives allegedly reported the matter to the community leader, Baale of Igbore Robiyan in Ijoko town who hurriedly alerted the police. “The DPO and his detectives embarked on technical intelligence based investigation which led to the apprehension of Bamiduro and Akindele”. Upon interrogation, Akindele, who also claimed to be a prophet in a Church confessed that the victim was his lover and that they have been dating for over two years.
Akindele further explained that the victim had visited him on that fateful day and after they had made love to each other, he later killed the woman by smashing her head with a pestle-like wood while she was sleeping. The 42 year old Akindele further told newsmen that he severed the head and the two palms of the victim and buried them at the back of Lion of Judah Church of Christ said to have been owned by Pastor Bamiduro. The CP, who described the incident as, “wickedness and height of man’s inhumanity to man”, said the trio would be charged conspiracy, murder and ritualism before a court of competent jurisdiction.
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