A couple, Taiwo Ajalorun and Salawa Ajalorun, and six other people were arrested by men from the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly selling human parts.
The suspects who had allegedly killed three people before being arrested reportedly sold legs for 30,000 naira and a human heart for 50,000 naira to their buyers, who used them for money rituals.
The head of Public Relations of the Command Police, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed this incident on Thursday.
Oyeyemi, who claimed this in a statement, said the couple and six other suspects; Lukman Oladele, Kayode Ibrahim, Bello Akeem, Alebiosu Adebayo, Fatai Rasheed and Fatai Jimoh were arrested on Wednesday.
Oyeyemi said they were arrested for kidnapping, killing and dismembering a 26-year-old mother of two, Oyindamola Adeyemi.
He said the suspects were detained following a report filed at the Obalende division headquarters; Ijebu-Ode by an Omolara Eye.
According to Oyeyemi, Omolara reported that her neighbor, Oyindamola Adeyemi, left home on the morning of Wednesday, December 28, 2022 but did not return and her phone has been turned off ever since.
“Since it is not 24 hours, he was advised to come back. But the next day, being December 29, 2022, while the patrol team of the Obalende division was conducting a routine patrol, the dismembered body of a lady was discovered on the roadside and the body was taken to a morgue.
“Fortunately, the morgue is a stone’s throw from the deceased’s house and one of the morgue workers, who knew about the disappearance, called the attention of the deceased’s family to come and see the body brought by the police.
“Upon arriving there, the deceased friend, Ojo Omolara, was able to identify her by the bra and underwear she put on since her head was already severed.
“Having recognized the body, DPO Obalende Division Murphy Salami mobilized his top-notch detectives and embarked on an intelligence-based and technical investigation that led them to Taiwo Olutufese Ajalorun, an herbalist whose possession of the deceased Itel phone was recovered. .
“He was soon arrested and a search warrant was executed at his home, where a container filled with human blood was recovered, later found to be that of the deceased.
“His arrest led to the arrest of his friend, Lukman Oladele, in whose house the legs of the deceased were also recovered.”
PPRO added that during questioning, the duo mentioned buyers of their victims’ human parts and they were promptly arrested.
He said that the herbalist with the support of his friend lured the deceased to his house as her lover and as soon as she entered she was immobilized by both of them and strangled to death.
Oyeyemi said the suspects confessed that “after killing her, they cut off her head, legs and both hands which they sold to their reserve buyers to use in rituals to earn money.
“According to them, the deceased’s legs were sold for #30,000, while the heart was sold for #50,000 to Akeem Bello, while the person who bought the head is still on the run.
“The suspects further confessed that the victim was the third person they had killed in such a gruesome manner.”
However, PPRO said Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation and expeditious prosecution.