It is like nemesis is catching up with
suspected ritualists in Ogun State trading
in human body parts.
No week passes without the police in the
state arresting a suspected ritualist. In the
latest onslaught against them, no fewer
than seven were arrested.
The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed
Iliyasu, in the meantime, allayed the fear
of residents, saying security agents would
not be tired of arresting suspected
Iliyasu was speaking on the arrest of the
seven suspects who allegedly operated in
three syndicates and apprehended by
men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery
The first syndicate was said to have
comprised of two suspected members,
Lateef Aremu (67) and Kola Sodipo (32),
who allegedly specialized in purchasing
and exhuming corpses for money ritual.
According to the police boss, men of the
Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad
arrested Aremu and Sodipo after
receiving information about ritualists who
specialised in using human parts.
“The Federal SARS received information
about some ritualists who specialised in
using human parts for ritual purposes.
So, based on the information, a team was
sent to track them down and the effort
was successful when two members of the
syndicate were arrested at Owode-Egba
area of the state”, Iliyasu said.
“ Kolawole Sodipo and Lateef Aremu were
arrested. Recovered from them were
human skulls and bones, as well as six
Speaking with Sunday Vanguard, Aremu
confessed that he used human parts to
prepare various charms for people,
adding that the business had provided
him the financial muscle to acquire 15
cars and four houses.
Aremu, who claimed that he was a farmer
and herbalist, did not deny that he used
human parts to make charms for people.
He said the human skull he was allegedly
caught with by the police was brought to
him by his colleague for money ritual.
“I am a farmer and an herbalist. We were
doing a foundation in Itoko where I
wanted to build a house; there, we saw
these bones and we packed them inside a
bag and that is all. However, when we
wanted to do money ritual, he brought a
dry skull for the purpose”, the suspect
“What we did was to grind the skull and
add other ingredients, including a white
dove and local soap. It has been up to 20
years since I have been in the business. I
don’t use human parts all the time. I only
do once in a while.
“I have built four houses and bought up
to 15 vehicles since 1980 when I started
this business”. Sodipo, 32, while
explaining his role in the syndicate, said,
“I am a farmer. I know baba (Aremu) to
be an herbalist, because he usually comes
to see my landlord.
I also trained as an herbalist. “Someone
came to me requesting for money ritual
and I directed him to baba who
negotiated and collected N75, 000 from
the client but the ritual failed. The man
called me to complain and I asked him to
collect his money. He wasn’t ready to
collect the money, he wanted it repeated
but it failed again. “I didn’t know
anything about the skull. I didn’t take any
skull to him.
I only specialized in working for petty
traders to boost their trade”. The N12, 000
human parts’ transaction The police boss
said that when the second suspected
ritualists’ syndicate was raided, Adebayo
Mudasiru and Rashid Abass were arrested
with dry and fresh human parts,
including human skull, flesh, teeth and
four lizards in Totoro area of Abeokuta,
the state capital. Iliyasu stated that
Mudasiru and Abass were sighted with a
suspicious bag and, upon interrogation,
the items, which also included reptiles
and assorted charms, were recovered. He
alleged that the suspects were serial
“They specialised in killing people for the
purpose of using human parts for rituals.
A team of Federal SARS sighted two men
on motorcycle with a suspicious bag and
were forced to stop and be searched.
“Recovered from their bag were fresh and
dry human parts.
On interrogation, it was suspected that
the men are serial killers with their base
at Totoro in Abeokuta. They are Adebayo
Mudasiru and Rashid Abass. Dry and
fresh human parts, human skull, some
reptiles and assorted charms were
recovered from them.” Speaking with
Sunday Vanguard, Mudasiru, 36, who
claimed to be an Islamic cleric, said it
was one of their former teachers who sold
the human parts to them. He said they
bought the human flesh, skull and about
12 teeth for N12, 000.
“We were coming from Itoku to buy some
of the ingredients. We didn’t buy the
human flesh at Itoku; we collected them
from someone in Ijemo area of the town”,
the suspect said. “We were aware of the
contents; human parts are used for money
rituals. We actually wanted to use them
for ourselves, to draw people’s attention
to us and we have been in this job for
about five years.
“We bought the parts from a cleric; the
teeth are not costly. I don’t know how
many but we bought them for N2, 000; we
bought all the human parts, including the
skull and flesh, for N12, 000. “We went to
an Islamic school in Ijaye area of
Abeokuta and we have been doing this,
though we didn’t learn this in the Islamic
school. What we do is to burn the human
parts, mix the charred remains with local
soap and snail water and use it to bath.
We haven’t done it before but that is
what we were taught. We were taught to
mix lizard, human parts, snail water and
other ingredients, we don’t really know
how the charms function but that is how
we were taught”.
On his part, Abass, 33, said: “It is the
person who gave us the ingredients that
gave us the human parts. He is the one
who taught us the way to use them and it
is for money ritual. It is the same day we
collected it that we were arrested”. The
police claimed to have arrested a third
member of the suspected syndicate, Razaq
Adenekan, 42, shortly after the first two
members were apprehended.
Cemetery attendants trade in human parts
The third suspected syndicate allegedly
had two members, Jimoh Olarenwaju and
Babatunde Seun, both of whom reportedly
worked as cemetery guards, and they
confessed to have sold human heads for
N10, 000 each.
Iliyasu said the suspects were arrested at
Oke-Yidi cemetery, Lantoro, Abeokuta,
while digging at a burial ground.
Speaking with Sunday Vanguard,
Olanrewaju, the suspected leader of the
gang, said they sold four human heads for
N10, 000 each. “We didn’t break into
caskets to remove corpses. What we did
was to dig the ground and found human
corpses that had been buried”, he said.
“Some graves, which were not concreted
and did not have identity, were the ones
we got them from. These graves are
usually difficult to know. But when we
dig, we may not know if there is a grave
“I sold one human head to a deceased
alhaji who was an Islamic cleric, also
known as Alfa. He lived at Tinubu Street
in Abeokuta North Local Government
Area. He didn’t tell me what he wanted to
use the human head for. “All the evil
things I have done in this life, I believe,
was during a period of ignorance; all
what we did was done in ignorance”.