One Samuel Olaniyi, a 65-year-old, has been arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team in Lagos after he beheaded his brother’s corpse for money ritual.
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Olaniyi, who was arrested along with Uchenna Olewunna and Sunday Mathew, said the native doctor had demanded the skull of a person familiar to him and N48,000 for the ritual. He added that the native doctor promised that after a successful ritual, the skull would magically provide money on a regular basis.
The palm wine tapper said Olewunna, who claimed to be a native doctor himself, had linked him with one of his colleagues at Sango Ota, who demanded the skull. He added that the idea of the ritual had come from Mathew, a logger.
On the night of the operation, Olaniyi had led his accomplices to his brother’s grave at Ato area of Ogun State. While Olewunna dug the grave, Olaniyi held the torch and Mathew was the watchman. They had kept the head in an uncompleted building for days.
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They were arrested while they were taking the head to the native doctor.
The suspects, according to the IRT official, will be charged to court as soon as investigation into the matter is concluded.