For allegedly engaging in buying and selling of human parts, a woman, Aisahat Yunusa and seven others have been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrate’s Court.
The accused were arraigned on a three-count charge of buying and selling of human parts, unlawful opening of graves and unlawful possession of human parts.
The others include Azeez Yakub, Ahmed Yahaya, Soliu Ayinde, AbdulGaniyu Bamidele, AbdulRasak Babamale and Lukman Saka.
They were arrested on October 5, 2018 on the strength of intelligence gathering by the operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, ‘D’. Division, Adewole, Ilorin, that one Azeez Yakub (first accused) of No. 20, Opa Compound, Adeta, Ilorin was in possession of human parts.
Police said that immediate search conducted at the house and premises of Yakub led to the recovery of 11 suspected human skulls, bones suspected to be human bones, as well as some quantity of hair suspected to be human hair concealed in the ceiling of the house.
Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that discreet investigation conducted into the case by the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit, Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, led to the arrest of the other accused within Ilorin metropolis who were discovered to be the receivers of the various suspected human parts.
The FIR added that the accused confessed while being interrogated to have at one time or the other, bought human parts from the said Yakub.
The FIR added that the investigation also led to the arrest of Kadri, a member of one of the vigilante groups, whom Yakub said introduced him to the business of selling human parts. He confessed that Kadir was a major supplier of human parts which both of them usually exhumed from various graves within the metropolis.
The offences for which the accused were brought before the court contravene Sections 1, 4 and 7 of the Kwara State Prohibition of Dealing in Human Parts Law, No. 4 of 2018.
The Prosecutor, ASP Kunle Iwalaye told the court that the case was being investigated.
The court adjourned the case till November 13 for further mention.
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