A herdsman identified as Usman Audu has been found dead on a farm in Igosun, Kwara State, with his body parts removed.
The Kwara State police command said the deceased is suspected to have been killed by ritualists.
His remains have been deposited at the Offa General Hospital mortuary for further investigation.
It was gathered that the family of the slain man became worried about his whereabouts when his herd of cattle returned without him on Thursday.
Audu was said to have left with his herd of cattle around 11:00 am on Thursday for grazing.
But the cattle returned around 4:00pm without him.
“The family reached out to their District Head who later informed the police in the area,” Daily Trust quoted a family source as saying.
“After hours of combing the bush, his dead body was discovered at a farm in Igosun while his shoes and a stick with bloodstains suspected to have been used to killed him were recovered”.
Ajayi Okasanmi, the police command spokesperson, said investigation is ongoing.
“His dead body was recovered with his hands cut off and heart removed among other body parts,” he said.
“We are suspecting it to be a case of homicide or coercion. However, we are still investigating. So far no arrest has been made.”