Segun Phillips, the Osun-based prophet, who was allegedly involved in the murder of Favour Daley-Oladele, a final year student of the Lagos State University (LASU), has said he is ready to accept the death penalty for his action.
Speaking in an interview, Phillips, who reportedly slaughtered the deceased, said he regretted his action as he knew such an act was wrong.
The suspect claimed that this is the first time he engaged in allegedly killing a human being for money ritual, saying he committed the act because he is penniless and desperately needed money.
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The self-acclaimed prophet of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church explained that the ritual was meant to enhance the fortunes of his accomplice’s mother and boyfriend of the late Daley-Oladele, Owolabi Adeeko.
“We wanted to perform money ritual for Owolabi’s mother without her knowledge. The agreement was between me and her son; we agreed to do it for her and we promised never to let her know the source of the money,” Phillips told the Punch.
“But the money ritual we wanted to perform required human body parts for it to work. He (Owolabi) asked me where we could get body parts of a human being and I told him I didn’t know because that was the first time I would be performing such. I told him that he was the one that would get the human being to be used for the ritual. Owolabi agreed to bring his girlfriend and when he brought the girlfriend, we killed her and removed all we needed from her. What I removed were the head, heart, breasts and hands. We used all these parts to prepare a concoction for Owolabi’s mother but she did not know that they were human body parts.
“We deceived her; we told her we would need to make a sacrifice and that she would need to feed people. I told her that the heart and vital organs of a goat would be used to make a concoction for her to eat. She never knew what we gave her to eat were human body parts and nobody told her until we were caught.”
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Admitting that he was “the one who slaughtered the lady and removed all the necessary things we needed from her body”, Phillip said he was taught how to use body parts for rituals by one Sunday Obasioni.
He also lamented that “I have deviated from my calling”, adding that none of his family members has visited him since he was arrested by the police.
The suspect pleaded for mercy in order to return to the pulpit to preach but also acknowledged that he must face the wrath for his action, saying he is prepared to die if the court hands him the death sentence.
“Nobody wants to associate with me because they heard about the heinous act I committed. I want the government to have mercy on me. I know I have left God’s way and chosen the path of the devil. I know I have dined with the devil and must face the wrath of justice for my action. I’m a disgrace to priesthood and many have sinned because of me.
“I want them to forgive me so that I can start afresh and become a good evangelist who would preach the gospel of Gospel. I know the sentence that will be passed on me for murdering someone is death. Since that is the law of the country, I am ready to face the death penalty for what I did,” Phillips said.