ABEOKUTA – The Ogun State Police command has arrested a 62-year-old suspected ritualist and herbalist, Ganiyu Idowu and Islamic cleric, Alfa Bamigbola Edun for attempted money rituals in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The duo were arrested alongside a motorcyclist, Mathew Odunewu by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) for allegedly kidnapping one Ganiyu Akanni for ritual purposes.
Parading the suspects at the police headquarters, Eleweran in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Police Commissioner, CP Ahmed Iliyasu explained that, the herbalist and Islamic Cleric were arrested at the bank of Ogun river while attempting to slaughter their victim, Ganiyu who was an Ifa apprentice to the herbalist for money rituals.
The suspects were paraded before journalists on Thursday for alleged offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, murder and threat to life.
“On interrogation, they confessed that the polythene bags caught with them were to be used to collect their respective shares of the victim’s body after killing him,” Iliyasu said.
But the herbalist told journalists that Edun asked him to provide one person for ritual, which would fetch them N11million.
The herbalist explained that, when his first attempt failed to use his tenant, he resorted to provide his apprentice to meet up with the deadline.
“Alfa (cleric) asked me to provide one person to be use for ritual and I was told we will get N11 million in the operation if we succeed, but after I failed to use my tenant, and time was going against the deadline, I took my apprentice to the crime scene, but unfortunately, the police started shooting.
” I really regret my action. Government should please forgive me “, he pleaded.
However, the cleric, Alfa Edun denied the herbalist claim, but pointed out that he only engaged the herbalist in mutual exchange of ideas in their traditional business.
“I don’t know anything about what he was saying. He is my friend and we exchange knowledge. He only told me to accompany him to the river to bath, and I told him I don’t bath at the river in the middle of the night.
“He later said that, I should just follow him because he doesn’t want to go alone because it’s late already at night; and I saw him taking a black polythene bag with calabash and sponge, so I decided to follow him, not knowing his intention,” the suspect said.
The police boss therefore, disclosed that the command had equally recovered various arms and ammunition in further compliance with Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris directives on mop-up of arms across the country.
Among arms recovered were 5 AK47, 6 riffles, 19 pump action guns, 26 locally made guns and 216 cartridges.
He assured that the police would do everything within the ambit of the law to rid the state of crime and criminals.
The Police boss said ” The command wish to thank the people and government of Ogun state for their support and we enjoin them to continue having trust and confidence in us”.