A self-proclaimed pastor in Osun State Nigeria has been arrested alongside four others over alleged possession of human parts.
News reports that Olagunju Adetunji (the self-proclaimed man of God) who resides in the Kajola area of Osogbo, was paraded before the state police command on Wednesday for co-joining in the killing of a teenager for ritual purpose.
Also paraded alongside the 40-year-old pastor were Rasheed Ajani, Saka Akeem, Abiodun Adetimilehin, and Adewumi Gbadamosi, a herbalist, for allegedly killing a teenager simply identified as Kehinde near a hospital in Osogbo.
Speaking on their arrest, the state Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode, said acting on intelligence, operatives arrested the suspects at Oke Ayepe area of Osogbo and Kajola ljesha.
The Police commissioner said: “The suspects were arrested with two decaying hands and two legs of one Kehinde, whose surname and address are still unknown. The principal suspect, one Adewumi Gbadamosi, confessed to the crime and said the victim’s head was given to one Olagunju Adetunji for rituals,”
Gbadamosi had confessed to journalists that he shot Kehinde dead while on night guard duty post in Osogbo, adding that after shooting, he dismembered him, took some parts and threw the remains into a river. The 50-year-old herbalist explained that he gave the head to Adetunji and his friend, Saka, who had approached him for help because of poor patronage.
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He also mentioned that Ajani who was also working as a nightguard assisted him to carry the deceased after he had killed him.
Adetunji, however, denied receiving the deceased’s head from the herbalist, but admitted meeting Gbadamosi once in his church after his friend, Adetimilehin, brought him for spiritual help.
Olokode said the suspects would be arraigned before a court after an investigation had been completed.
Meanwhile, a pastor with Blaze of Fire Ministry in Sapele, Delta State, Tony Ugochukwu has reportedly absconded with a sum of money contributed by church members to buy musical instruments, Naija News reports.