Ogun police command said it had arrested a herbalist, Lajuwon Ogunleye, his wife , Adetutu Apalaya and one Fatai Sefiu for conspiracy and murder of a 7 year old boy, Pelumi Apalaya for ritual purpose.
According to a statement issued in Abeokuta by Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the suspects were arrested on April 22.
Oyeyemi explained that the suspects were arrested following an information received by the police at Abigi divisional headquarters in Ogun waterside area of the state that the boy who didn’t show any sign of sickness suddenly slumped and died and this arouse the suspicion of people around that the boy might have been used for ritual.
“Upon their suspicion, the people around started monitoring the herberlist who incidentally happened to be the step father of the deceased boy and his wife who is the mother of the boy.
“Unknown to them, they were monitored to the bush where they took the victim to for burial in company of the third suspect who is a friend to the herberlist and the boy was buried in an upright position after removing some parts from his corpse.
“This confirmed the suspicion of the people and they quickly informed the police.
“Upon the information, the DPO Abigi division ,SP Tarkighir Joseph , led his men to the bush in iwopin area of ijebu waterside where the suspects were rounded up.
“They led policemen to where the victim was buried and it was discovered that the deceased was buried in standing position.
“On interrogation, the second suspect Fatai Sefiu told the detectives that the boy was actually used for ritual by the stepfather in connivance with the deceased boy’s mother.
“He stated further that the couple have reached a conclusion before he was coopted into the business.
“The mother of the victim Adetutu Apalaya who first denied having knowledge of her husband plan to use her son for ritual was dumbfounded when asked whether or not she followed them to the bush where her son was buried and the mode of burial of the boy,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.