Five suspects, including a 25 year-old pregnant woman, Saki Adediran, paraded by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammed Katsina, they relished in punishing the dead.
They dug deep into graves and brought buried bodies to a slaughter slab where they used knives to decimate them into parts and sell to prospective buyers who, in turn, used the parts for money-making rituals.
They must have been committing this heinous crime for some time and, since they had murdered sleep, the ghosts of those they had troubled did not allow them to rest until they were caught. The suspects arrested in connection with the alleged crime were Abati Kolade, Tayo Akinrinola, Ramon Korede, Mojeed Adediran and Saki Adediran.
While narrating how they were caught, CP Katsina said, “Following a petition referred to the State Intelligence Bureau by the Commissioner of Police, the operatives of the bureau began a discreet investigation into the criminal activities taking place at Muslim cemetery located around Lifefort International School, Apete, Ibadan where graves, numbering about six, had been excavated by unknown perpetrators. Through a painstaking, coordinated investigation and a clue left behind by the perpetrators, the operatives arrested five suspects who confessed to the alleged crime. Among the suspects arrested is a female who confessed to the crime and disclosed that she usually bought human skull at the rate of ¦ 4,000”.
The woman human parts dealer suspect, Saki Adediran, spoke to Sunday Vanguard, saying, “Korede, one of the suspects, always buys charms from me. One day, he told me he had ‘biscuit’ or menumo (human head). I bought it and gave him N4,000. We have been doing it for quite sometime”.
When asked to disclose the identity of the person she sold the human skull she bought for N4,000 to, she refused to talk.
One of the other suspects, Akinrinola, who did not show remorse, was reluctant to talk until the officer who investigated his case showed up. The suspect said, “One man took two of us to the cemetery around 9pm. When we got there, we started exhuming the bodies that still had the gall intact. But, we checked all of those we exhumed, we did not get any gall.” Other questions put to him were not answered.