Nigerian police arrest cultists who are in the business of selling human parts.
Two men suspected to be members of a cult have been arrested in Ogun State for sell human hands for N5,000, to raise funds for their operations.
Both men identified as Oluwaseun Odueh, also known as Cleff, and Wasiu Adejumo, also known as Bomber, were members of the Eiye Confraternity, were arrested in Ibogun area of Ogun state by men of the Zonal Intervention Squad.
Three herbalists and a traditional ruler were also arrested for allegedly buying the hands of the victims.
The herbalists by the names Ifatona Akanni, also known as Ajana Oro, Isiaka Ajani, and Oko Musa, said they bought seven severed hands from the cult members, and each of the hands cost a sum of N5,000.
The victims killed were identified as Tunde, beheaded at a Cherubim and Seraphim Church Railway Line, Ogba Ayo, Ijoko, in 2016, with his two hands cut off, Lateef, Kehinde and Yinka, were also killed in the same Ijoko area from 2016 and January 2017.
The police also said 3 men were killed at a Candozo Hotel, Fadahunsi, Ijoko, around 8 pm on May 28, 2017, around 8 pm, while another 2 men were killed at Ogba Ayo junction and Agoro junction, Ijoko in June 2017, with their hands also severed.
Odueh, one of the suspects, said all the victims killed were members of a rival cult group, the Aiye Confraternity, saying that the killing was a retaliation. He said they raised fund for gang activities by selling the victims to herbalists.
“Supremacy clashes between the cults started about six years ago in Ijoko. The Aiye cult killed our members, Godogodo, Fele, Callous and others. Each time they killed them, they cut off their hands. We had to retaliate by doing the same thing to them. “Initially, we were throwing away the body parts. But when we realised that we needed money for our activities, we decided to make enquiries on what we could do with the body parts. That was how we started cutting off their hands and selling them. I have been involved in the murder of four members of the rival cult.” Odueh said.
The 32-year-old Odueh claimed he joined the cult group because of the operation he face while he was an undergraduate at a University in Ogun state, and he continued after graduation, joining the cult group in the community
30-year-old Adejumo, the other suspected cult member confessed to be involved in Internet fraud (yahoo yahoo), saying he was also part of the gang who killed Kehinde and Lekan welder, who belonged to the rival cult, Aiye confraternity.
He said the cult killings increased in the community due to a fight between two leaders of the rival cult groups in the Ijoko area.
“We killed Kehinde and Lekan Welder because they killed our members and cut off their hands. They killed Fele (Sunday) and Callous, a final year student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. They also killed Godogodo and Rati. We sell the hands to herbalists,” Adejumo said.
Musa, one if the herbalist said he bought three hands from the suspected cult members, stating that he had paid N10,000 and had a sum N5,000 to balance up.
Musa said, “I am a herbalist. I also consult Ifa and Opele for my clients. I met these boys when they came to worship Ogun at my shrine and since then, they had sold only three hands to me; both dry and fresh. I use the hands for asiri bibo (fetish blessing). I bought each hand for N5,000. I gave them N10,000, and owed a balance of N5,000.”
Akanni, 53, another herbalist arrested said he bought two hands from the men for the same fetish reason.
The third herbalist, Ajani, who is also the baale of Ososun village, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, said the cult members came to him, introducing themselves as land speculators, and they later brought two hands which he bought for N10,000.
SP Dolapo Badmos, the Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer, said Odueh was arrested first.
She said, “Odueh was arrested on August 23 by the ZIS team during a patrol at about 2pm in the Ibogun area of Ogun State. On interrogation, he confessed to belonging to the Eiye Confraternity and said he was also a member of an armed robbery gang. We subsequently arrested other members of the gang."
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