By Mustapha Salisu
Ogun State Police Command says its operatives have arrested five suspects involved in selling of human parts.
The suspects were arrested at their hideouts while planning to carry out their operation.
The development was disclosed in a statement by the Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday.
SP Abimbola gave identities of the suspects as; Oshole Fayemi, 60, Osemi Adesanya 39, Ismaila Seidu 30, Oseni Oluwasegun 69 and Lawal Olaiya 50.
The PPRO explained that the suspects are ritualists who had been exhuming corpses from their graves and removing parts of their bodies for ritual purposes.
He revealed that the suspected ritualistist were successfully arrested on Saturday while planning to carry out another round of human parts harvest following an information received by the Police at Odogbolu divisional headquarters.
Opeyemi said the suspects were responsible for a series of corpse exhumations within the Ososa community in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of the state.
He added, “upon the information, the DPO Odogbolu division, CSP Godwin Idehai, mobilised his men and stormed the suspects’ hideout where five of them were apprehended.
“On interrogation, the suspects made confessional statements that they were actually into the business of exhuming corpses from their graves and that they used to sell parts of such corpses to their standby buyers who need it for money-making rituals.”
Abimbola, however, added that the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, has directed that the suspects be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation and possible prosecution.