The Ogun police command said it had arrested a 40 year old herbalist, Michael Itomu alongside three others namely: Mathew Idosu, John Feyisetan and Samuel Adegbola for being in possession of fresh human hands in Idiroko area .
Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer disclosed this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi said that the arrest was in collaboration with men of So Safe Corps.
He explained that the suspects were arrested following an information received by policemen attached to Idiroko division.
“The four men had been in contact with the herbalist for money making rituals consequent upon which the herbalist asked them to provide a fresh human hand for that purpose.
“The information revealed further that the suspects had contacted somebody in Abeokuta who had promised to get the human hand for them for a price of one million naira.
“Upon the information, the DPO Idiroko division Csp Opebiyi Sunday, detailed his detectives in collaboration with men of So Safe Corps to ambush the suspects.
“Three of them were apprehended at Owode Yewa. Their arrest led to the arrest of the herbalist in the early hour of Tuesday 19th of May 2020.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that it was Mathew Idosu who contacted a family friend of his in Abeokuta who provided the hand alongside two others who are now at large.
” On delivering the hand, they demanded for the agreed one million naira but the money was not readily available, this led to serious scuffle between them and they angrily took away the duo of Samuel Adegbola and John Feyisetan to a bush where they thoroughly beat them before they were released on 17th of May 2020.
“It was the action of those who supplied the hand that made the whole secret to be leaked which eventually led to their arrest.
“The fresh human hand has been taken to Idiroko General Hospital for preservation,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the case to be transferred to state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation.
He equally directed that the other members of the syndicate who provided the hand should be hunted for and brought to justice.