Fear gripped residents of the Ipokia community in the Ipokia local government area of Ogun state when some yet-to-be-identified ritualists reportedly invaded the community and excavated more than 40 skulls from graves.
Our correspondent deduced that the ritualists usually operate at night when people must have fallen asleep.
A source said the ritualists invaded different parts of the city, digging graves to exhume skulls and other human parts.
Some of the residents who spoke to our correspondent said they have counted more than 40 graves that have been dug by the ritualists.
Some of the sources said that the ritualists started the act about two months ago and have managed to take away dozens of dried human heads.
It was learned that no one had been arrested since the exhumation of bodies began in the town of Ipokia.
However, Ipokia residents said that none of the security agencies, which include the police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Civil Defense and Security Corps, the So-Safe Corps and the Amotekun Corps, had devised some means of tracking down those responsible for the removal of skulls from tombs in the city.
A source said: “They sneak into people’s compounds, dig up the graves and extract the skull and whatever other parts they need.
“They will do it in a way that residents don’t wake up to find out that something is going on around them. You will wake up in the morning to see that the tomb in your compound has been dug up and the skull removed. But no one has been arrested since two months ago when this aberration began.”
Speaking to reporters, an elder in Ipokia, Samuel Adeyemi, said two bodies were dug up in his compound on Friday, lamenting that no one was doing anything to stop the act.
Adeyemi said the ritualists were becoming more desperate in their attempt to steal as many skulls as possible from the tombs at Ipokia, for reasons best known to them.
He said that he had reported the incident to the police, urging the relevant authorities to act quickly and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Corpses are no longer safe on Ipokia because some people want to become billionaires overnight. Please help us, ”she lamented.
When contacted, Ogun State Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said he had not yet been informed about the incident.
However, Oyeyemi promised to contact the police officer from the Ipokia division for more details.