The new assistant inspector general (AIG) of Police in-charge of Zone II, Lawal Shehu, has declared war on some native doctors and human parts dealers within Lagos and Ogun, urging them to relocate or face the wrath of law.
The police boss said the decision to clamp down on the ritual killers became necessary because of the spate of ritual instigated killings and desecration of corpses exhumed from graveyards.
Lamenting the involvement of young people in ritual killing activities, Shehu said each time the suspects were apprehended, they usually claimed they were herbalists, adding that some native doctors were aiding and abetting the practice.
“If they are herbalists, what are they doing with human parts? These ones we arrested on December 3, at about 8:30pm were found with human skull.
“We received information that one Jimoh Adeola of Muslim Cemetery, Oke Yadi, Abeokuta, was in possession of human parts and has been dealing in such for a long time.
“Detectives of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) were detailed to investigate. Five suspects were arrested and exhibits recovered. Others arrested are Lukmon Bayewunmi, Kabir Badmus, Victor Nnacheta and Nurudeen Sogaolu.
“Dried human jaw and scalp were recovered from them. They will be charged to court soon.
“This is a warning to criminals and those aiding them. Whether they are ritualists, militants or armed robbers, we are on a mandate to rid them off this zone. We are in close collaboration with the Lagos and Ogun Police Commands as well as the local people.’’