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Horror in Ilorin: Islamic cleric kills friend, exhumes corpse for rituals

By Ahmed Ajikobi

Residents of Oloje in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State were on Tuesday terrified as decomposing human parts were found at the Eleran compound residence of an Islamic cleric, Folunrusho Babatunde.

The residents had earlier woken up Tuesday morning to discover that the corpse of one Sulaiman who was said to have died under mysterious circumstances and buried last Wednesday at Onilu compound, Oloje, had disappeared from its grave.
It was gathered that some residents of Onilu compound who were at the backyard to defecate suspected that a heinous act must have been carried out at the grave site, thereby raising the alarm that attracted people to the scene, which led to the discovery missing corpse of Sulaiman.
After discovering the missing corpse, Sulaiman’s relatives organised a special prayer for those behind the evil act and the sudden death of their son to be exposed.
It was during the prayer session that the youth perceived stench in the community and opted to search the area. To avoid discovering the corpse in the car (Honda EOD) of Folorunsho, he alongside his brother (Ladi) were said to have drove off from the area.
According to a source at Eleran compound who does not want her name in print, Folunrusho  Babatunde (30), Ladi Babatunde (26) and the deceased (Sulaiman) were intimate friends before the latter traveled to Lagos where he worked as a commercial driver only to be invited home by his friends to join them  in their spiritual work.
“Sulaiman came down to Ilorin and joined his friends who taught him to read and write in Arabic and translation of the Quran in order to stand out among other Islamic clerics. They became notable and respected clerics in our area.
“Before Sulaiman’s death, they all went to an event and on their way back, the deceased said he complained of strange feeling and could not be diagnosed of any ailment at the hospital. He complained of severe pain and implored his family to beg some unknown people on his behalf to set him free, before his death last Wednesday.”
The deceased also requested not to be buried in the family compound if he eventually dies.
The source further disclosed that, Folorunsho and Ladi were the ones who bathed their friend after his demise and also shaved his hair before his burial.
According to the source, Folorunsho and Ladi, on Monday night, went back to the grave of Sulaiman to exhume the corpse.
“It was the decision of the duo to drive off when the youth were searching for the source of the obnoxious odour that made them forcefully gain entrance into Folorunsho and Ladi’s house to conduct a search.
“During the search, we discovered decomposing human parts such as head, foot and hands of unidentified persons. We also saw a black pot filled with human hairs, small casket wrapped with red cloth, horn wrapped with both red and white cloths and N1, 000 notes stored in a fridge. Also sighted by us was a small table with red cloth on it with other charms and black soap,” she disclosed, adding that the enraged youth demolished the house of the suspects and also dragged their father out of the building.
“The father, who had earlier denied knowledge of his children’s involvement in rituals later confessed that he saw Folorunsho and Ladi with exhumed body early hours of Tuesday.” He was said to have been asked by the community to put call to his children to report themselves or have their father lynched.
When Folorunsho picked the call, he reportedly told his father that, he is aware their secrets have been exposed but told the father they would rather meet in heaven.
“When the suspects’ father called the wife to query the whereabouts of her husband, Ladi, she said he had fled the town with no plan to return soon.”
According to the source,  one of the suspects, Folorunsho last Wednesday bought new Honda Accord(End of Discussion) and three days later, he acquired a jeep.
It was also gathered that, signal has been sent to area commanders, Federal Security Anti-Robbery Squad while the police from State headquarters arrested the father and recovered all the exhibits found in the house of the suspects.
The police patrol team has been keeping surveillance in the area.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi,  confirmed the incident, adding that the situation is under control and that  investigation was ongoing on the matter.
Okasanmi also said some objects suspected to be human parts were recovered from the building before it was demolished by the irate members of the community.

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