The police command in Ogun says it has arrested a 29 -year- old herbalist, Baoku Gbuyi and a 27 -year -old bricklayer Olamide Odulaja over the killing of a housewife , Modupeola Folorunsho and her 4 -year -old son , Peter Folorunsho for money ritual.
DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) stated this in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Oyeyemi explained that the arrest of the suspects followed a report received at Ijebu Igbo police division from the victim’s husband.
He said that the husband had reported on February 14 that his wife and his son went out since the previous day and yet to return, and that efforts to locate her and the little boy did not yield any positive result.
“Upon the report, a case of missing person was incidented, and the DPO Ijebu Igbo division , SP Kazeem Solotan detailed his crack detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the woman and her son.
“The detectives embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation, which led them to the arrest of Odulaja at Ibadan.
“On interrogation, Odulaja confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on February 13 , and that the victim and her son were killed for money ritual at the house of the herbalist.
“He stated further that it was the herbalist who burnt the woman’s head which he used for him.
“Upon his confession, detectives went after the herbalist who resides at Araromi street Japara Ijebu Igbo.
“On getting to his resident, it was discovered that the herbalist had took to his heels having heard about the arrest of Odulaja.
” Subsequently, all the adjoining divisions were alerted to be on look out for the fleeing suspect. He was eventually traced to Kajola village, where he was arrested by the DPO Awa Ijebu with the assistance of hunters and local vigilantes.
“On interrogation, the herbalist confessed that it was Odulaja who approached him for money ritual following which he asked him to bring a head of human being as one of the material to be used.
“He stated further that they both conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughter them for that purpose.
“He confessed further that he burnt the woman’s head with some other herb material which he gave to Odulaja to use. When asked about the little boy, he said that his head and remains was dumped inside a pit latrine,” he said.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, who commended his men for their display of investigative intelligence had ordered the immediate transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and diligent prosecution.
The CP who described the incident as the height of man inhumanity to man, warned those who were out looking for money making ritual to desist as only hardwork backed with prayer could lead to success.