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7 ‘ritual killers’ arrested in Ogun

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested seven suspected ritual killers in different parts of the Abeokuta metropolis.

The suspects are Lekan Oladipupo (38), Sulaiman Aremu (30), Ifayemi Madru (24), Shittu Saheed (38), Samod Sulaiman (35 ), Akanji Moruf (23) and Tajudeen Adekunle (36 years).

They were arrested following a report lodged at Bode Olude divisional headquarters by one Abraham Okosun.

The complainant told the police that he had visited his brother, one Sunday Okosun, at Agbara village via Mawuko Abeokuta, only to discover that the brother had been brutally murdered with his remains dismembered.

The Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told newsmen in Abeokuta that following the report, the DPO Bode Olude division, DSP Durojaye Rotimi, led his team of detectives to the scene.

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According to him, the team while acting on credible information, traced and apprehended Lekan Oladipupo, who on interrogation confessed to being the actual person who shot and killed the deceased with his Dane gun.

Oyeyemi said his confession led to the arrest of the other six suspects.

He said during separate interrogation, each of the suspects “narrated their respective roles in the gruesome murder of the deceased and others who have been killed in similar circumstances.”

He said: “Lekan Oladipupo informed the police that his own role is to look for their victim, usually in the bush around mawuko area and shot such unfortunate person to death.

“He will then contact Sulaiman Aremu, who will butcher the corpse of the victim and remove vital parts to be distributed to their standby customers.

“The customers are; Ifayemi Badru who bought the heart, hands and other parts of the body, Shittu Saheed bought the head, Akanji Moruf bought the heart of another of their victims while Tajudeen Adekunle bought the head.

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“The suspects confessed to have killed not less than four persons in similar circumstances and that their bodies parts were used for money-making ritual.

“They also informed the police that they have code names for each human part whenever they want to request for it from their butcher man.

“For example, they normally referred to human head as ball, the heart as a transformer, while the hands are codenamed as fans.

“The gun and cutlass they used for the dastardly act have been recovered.”

Oyeyemi quoted the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, to have ordered that the suspects be transferred to the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, for discreet investigation with the view to charging them to court as soon as possible.

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Father, daughters, relation die after ‘amala’ meal in Kogi

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Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Edward Egbuk

The people of Mopa town in the Mopa-Muro Local Government Area of Kogi State have been thrown into mourning following the mysterious death of four members of a family after reportedly eating a cassava flour meal known as ‘Amala.’

The deceased died in quick succession between Friday, September 30 and Sunday, October 2.

Those who died included the family head, Pa. Motilewa, two daughters and a girl who is said to be their relation.

One of the deceased daughters identified as Motun was a National Certificate of Education holder and teacher in the town. The mother, however, miraculously survived.

The event has left residents of the town and the entire neighbourhood in mourning, fear and confusion, with many calling for an investigation into the death of the family members.

It was gathered that the family prepared the ‘Amala’ meal from the left over of cassava flour from which they had previously made and eaten ‘Fufu’. They were said to have spread the processed shafts in the sun to dry for some days.

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The dried flakes were subsequently ground into soft powder which was used for ‘Amala’ which they ate on Thursday evening, before retiring to bed.

An eyewitness reported that the victims became sick overnight and efforts were made to stabilise them. Unfortunately, the youngest member of the family passed away on Friday, quickly followed on Saturday by the relation living with the family.

With the sudden passage, the others were moved to the highly rated ECWA Hospital, Egbe, for better medical attention.

Sadly, the eldest of the daughters, Motun, gave up the ghost at about 3:00am Sunday. The father also died later the same Sunday.

At the time of filing this report, the mother, identified as Molomo, was still alive in the hospital and under a close observation.

Members of the community are said to be suspecting foul play in the sudden death and have, therefore, suspended the burial for proper investigations to unravel the cause of their deaths.

“We are shocked. I have never seen a thing like this. We suspect that someone may have poisoned the food. For what? We cannot tell. I’m confused and in pains. This is too much to bear,” a member of the family lamented.

Earlier in August this year, five persons lost their lives after eating a cassava flour meal prepared at their family house in Usugnwe-Okaito, Okehi local government area of Kogi State.

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Building collapse claims one as flood displaces 651,053 in Anambra communities

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Flood in Anambra

One person died in Enugu-Otu, Aguleri in Anambra State, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed.

The Acting State Coordinator, Mr. Thickman Tanimu who disclosed this to reporters on Monday, said the deceased, identified as Ginikanwa Izuoba passed on following sudden collapse of his apartment occasioned by impact of the flood.

He further hinted that no fewer than 651,053 persons were rendered homeless by the disaster in six local government areas of the state.

He added that Ogbaru Local Government Area recorded highest number of victims followed by Anambra East and West Local Government Areas.

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“NEMA, accompanied by officials of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Igbedo, Inoma and Ifite-Ogwari all in Anambra East and Anyamelum Council Areas,” he said.

Appreciating Anambra SEMA for taking certain proactive measures to mitigate impact of the disaster, Tanimu identified such measures to include identification of 13 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, recruitment of camp managers, support staff and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.

“The camps so far activated include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres,” he added.

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Father Mbaka Removed From Adoration Ministry As Worshippers Attack Priest Brought As Replacement

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Ejike Mbaka

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