The Kwara State police command has arrested five suspected ritualists for beheading a commercial sex worker in Patigi Local Government Area of the state.
Okasanmi Ajayi, spokesperson of the command, who disclosed this in a statement in Ilorin on Friday, gave the names of the suspects as: Samuel Peter Tsado, Mohammed Gbara, also known as Madi, Abubakar Mohammed, also known as Mallam Baba Pati, Mohammed Ahmadu Nma and Bala Karin, and three others at large.
Ajayi said the victim identified as Abigail, was lured from the hotel where she worked, and was taken to one of the suspect’s home and beheaded for money ritual purposes.
“In continuation of the effort of the Kwara State Police command’s commitment to ensure people of Kwara State sleep at night with both eyes closed, the Commissioner of Police Kwara State, CP Tuesday Assayomo, wishes to inform of the command’s investigation of a reported case of a missing person turned homicide”, the statement reads.
“On June 29, 2021, at about 23:08hrs, an unknown young person, later identified as Samuel Peter Tsado ‘m’ of Patigi town in Patigi Local government area of Kwara State, went to one Victory Hotel Patigi and requested for the service of a commercial sex worker by name Abigail ‘f’ (other names unknown).
“After the monetary negotiation of N5,000:00, both Peter and Abigail left the hotel premises to an unknown place, ever since then both of them were not seen again. On the receipt of the report of a missing person, the commissioner of police, who suspected a foul play directed the case be taken over by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for a discreet investigation”.
The investigation led to the arrest of Tsado, who confessed that he actually contracted the deceased for sex.
“He also confirmed that he and one Mohammed Gbara a.k.a. Madi, both agreed and planned how to make money ritual and in furtherance of their desires, they planned on how to source for the human head that would be needed for the money rituals which prompted him to leave his house at Patigi for Victory hotel with his motorcycle where he approached the late Abigail, a sex worker, who agreed to follow him home after agreeing on N5,000:00 for the night“, he said.
He stated that Abigail was strangled at Tsado’s house where Gbara was already waiting.
“The head of late Abigail was severed with a knife. The headless body of the deceased was conveyed by the suspects on Samuel Peter Tsado’s motorcycle and dumped in the bush along Patigi/Rifun road,” the police spokesperson added.
“Both Samuel and Mohammed went separately away to reassemble in Bida, Niger state on June 30, 2021. While in Bida, the deceased head was kept in Mohammed Abubakar’s home, awaiting the arrival of the ritualist from Maiduguri in Borno state for the money ritual exercise.
“Investigation took detectives to Bida and Minna in Niger State where three other suspects were arrested. They confessed to the offence and also confessed to have been involved in an earlier ritual attempt using the hand of one victim yet to be identified.
“The suspects took detectives to the bush where the carcass of the deceased was recovered. The effort to recover the head of the deceased was still in progress as the custodian of the head is still at large. But he will certainly be arrested and brought to justice. The suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.”
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Tuesday Assayomo, assured members of the public of their safety and security of their lives and property.