Five suspects, including an herbalist has been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command for mutilating a 45-year-old housewife, Memunat Akinde, and a motorcyclist, Ibikunle Ajose.
The suspects were said to have committed the offence in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state when the victims were declared missing on October 1, 2020.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the apprehension in a statement on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi said the state police fathom the puzzle behind the sudden disappearance of Akinde and Ajose following the arrest of the suspects.
The PPRO explained that the victims went missing on October 1, 2020, when the woman, a fish seller, left her house in the Idoleyin area of Ado-Odo to a nearby market to buy fish.
Akinde was said to have hired Ajose to convey her to the market, but both never returned home.
He said, “This prompted the woman’s husband to lodge a complaint at the Ado-Odo Divisional Headquarters, where the case was formally recorded.
“The case was later transferred to the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department on the orders of the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, who gave the team a marching order to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the two within the shortest possible period.
“The team there and then embarked on intelligence and technical-based investigation and the efforts paid off when one of the suspects, Okediran Monsuru, was traced to Badagry and apprehended.
“His arrest led to the apprehension of three others, Ajaoba Monday, Akewusola Wajud and Nupo Pona.”
Oyeyemi disclosed that the suspects has confessed to have slaughtered and dismembered the victims on the instructions of one Lebo.
He added that police recovered the woman’s head at the herbalist’s shrine, while Lebo, said to be the contractor, is at large.
The PPRO stated, “The four of them confessed that they were working for a notorious land-grabber, whom they simply identified as Lebo; they stated that they accosted the victims at Abisoye village, abducted them and took them to an uncompleted building in a bushy area, tied their hands and legs, and later called their principal on the phone to inform him that they had succeeded in getting the victims.
“They confessed further that when the said Lebo came, he ordered them to slaughter the two victims. The trio of Okediran Monsuru, Ajaoba Monday and Akewusola Wajud held the victims down, while Nupo Pona slaughtered them with a sharp cutlass.
“Having killed them, the fifth suspect, Dasu Sunday, who is an herbalist, was invited, and on his arrival, they cut the victims into pieces and loaded their parts into a sack brought by the herbalist, who took the parts away for money-making rituals.
“The head of the woman was recovered at the herbalist’s shrine. The five suspects, Okediran Monsuru, Ajaoba Monday, Akewusola Wajud, Nupo Pona and Dasu Sunday, are all in police custody, while a serious manhunt has been launched for their fleeing principal, simply known as Lebo.”