A church founder, Pastor, Gabriel Josaya, aka Eli-Wakuku, have been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for dealing in human parts.
Josaya, a prophet and founder of St. Moses Orimolade Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Ilorin, was found guilty after a long trial and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment with no option of fine by Chief Magistrate Mohammed Ibrahim of the Kwara state Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ilorin, on Monday.
In 2016, Josaya was and his accomplice was arraigned before Magistrate Kudirat Yahya for criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of human heads contrary to sections 97, 348 and 219 of the Penal Code Law and the case was transferred to Chief Magistrate Muhammed Ibrahim in 2018.
Josaya was sentenced alongside his associate, Gabriel Moyosore, an herbalist, who bought human skulls from him.
The duo was convicted of conspiracy, trespass and unlawful possession of human parts.
In the first report by the police reveals that Josaya unlawfully gain entry into a cemetery, where he exhumed human skulls and sold them to various customers at the rate of N8, 000 per skull.
A human skull was discovered in possession of Moyosore and he confessed to the crime, the FIR added.
The Investigating Police Officer, Peter Ibiyemi, with his evidence told the court that Josaya confessed that he had exhumed over 200 human skulls from the Muslim Cemetery, Osere area of Ilorin.
He revealed that Josaya began the business in 2009 noting that he carried out his operation mainly at night and singlehandedly.
Ibiyemi also said for each operation, the pastor paid N10, 000 to the cemetery security guard.
He stated that Josaya confessed to have sold each skull for N6, 000 to Moyosore.
But the counsel for the pastor, Ibrahim Olojoku, maintained that the statement obtained from his client was not voluntarily made, as he was pressured by the police to accept to the crime.
Olojoku added that the pastor gave the statement under duress as he has witnessed the torture of the accused by the police.
However, the counsel for the convicts, Toyin Onanolapo, vowed to make proper consultation whether to appeal the judgment or not.