The Nigeria Police Force, Oyo State Command has apprehended suspected ritualists with human heads and fresh intestines.
Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Adewale Osifeso paraded the two suspected ritualists, Kunle Oyewole and Morufat Safiu alongside other suspected criminals at the police headquarters Eleyele Ibadan.
Mr Osifeso explained that intelligence gathering carried out by a team of policemen attached to the Command Monitoring Unit, uncovered the criminal activities of some notorious hoodlums who specialize in selling human skulls and other vital human organs for ritual purposes in Ibadan, Oyo State.
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Sequel to this discovery, he said the operatives of Monitoring Unit cracked down on the ritualists in their hideout at Orita Aperin area of Ibadan.
The police PRO said eleven members of the criminal gang who later identified themselves as; Ibrahim Sherif, Afeez Yinusa, Abdulraheem Muritala, Tutilawa Tijani, Olasupo Akeem, Oyewole Kunle, Adediran Ismail, Wahab Ismail, Safiu Morufat, Kazeem Tawa And Kazeem Rukayat were arrested in their hideouts.
Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to the crime and explained that the dry human skulls were harvested from corpses at burial grounds while the fresh human head and fresh body organs were harvested from persons after being illegally killed by their kingpin, Safiu Ramon a.k.a Amuludun who is now at large.
The Police spokesman said investigation was now in progress to arrest the fleeing suspect.
Also, the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad busted a Notorious Kidnap Kingpin, Usman Muhammadu aka one “Yellow” and his infamous criminal gang who had concluded coordinated plans to abduct two Chinese nationals en-route their mining site along Olaiya Village, road, Iganna.
The PRO said in the process of terminating the nefarious act, the Anti-Kidnapping Squad in a joint operation with other security teams, pursued and engaged the criminal gang in a gun duel which resulted in the neutralization of the ring leader who was adorned in camouflage fits at the time of his death.
Similarly, operatives of the command attached to Iseyin Divisional Headquarters reacted to distress call implying that rampaging hoodlums had invaded a house around Oluwole Iseyin axis, attacking and inflicting gunshot injuries on some of the residents while one female adult lost her life in the process and the criminals escaped.
Other suspected criminals who were also paraded confessed to the crime levelled against them and pleaded for leniency.
Mr Osifeso said the suspects would soon be charged to court after investigations were concluded.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Adebowale Williams, has applauded the cooperation from residents and other critical stakeholders towards the peaceful conduct of last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
Mr Williams assured that stringent and more pre-emptive actions towards protection of lives and property would be deployed towards the success of the March 11th, 2023 Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
The police commissioner noted that the command in concert with members of the Interparty-Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) and other relevant sister agencies would continue to protect lives and properties of residents and its subset electorates in Oyo State.
Mr Willimas also reminded residents that the Operational Conduct of accredited security operatives for election shall be premised on professionalism and zero-political interference.
In the same vein, he said activities of agents of mischief who specialize in peddling fake and unverified news would be addressed in accordance with sec 24(1)(b) of the Cybercrime Prohibition Act of 2015.
He noted that in a bid to ensure a safe, secure and conducive environment for elections in the interest of Public Order, the extant ban on use of sirens, revolving light, covered number plates inclusive of vehicular restrictions during the elections and presence of security escorts to Polling Units in company of their various principals remains in force with defaulters risking heavy sanctions in accordance with the law.
He added that the Oyo State Police Command remains unwavering in its quest for a safer and saner society, as evidenced by the successes achieved during the period in view.
“In case of emergency, the Command can always be reached through these emergency control room numbers; 615 (toll free) (Oyo State Security Trust Fund), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614. NPF rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and iPhone users respectively.” the Commissioner added.