Stories by Ahmed Ajikobi
A 27- year -old herbalist, Olayinka Abass Akeem arrested with seven human skulls has confessed that his friend lured him into the criminal act.
According to him, he was pressurised by his accomplice simply identified as Tunde a.k.a Bante to carry out the dastardly act.
The Ira-born suspect during an interview with Pilot Crime shortly after being paraded by the police last Thursday, said he committed the crime under duress.
Akeem, a resident of Ganmo, Kwara State said Tunde had earlier offered him several ‘jobs’ to do, which he declined.
“I knew Tunde to be a street urchin, who harassed contractors and construction workers for money. He always advised me to double my hustle in order to become rich. He invited me to join him in his ‘job’ but I declined his offer several times.
“Tunde is the mastermind of this evil deed. I don’t know what came over me that made me to follow him on Tuesday to the Igbo- Owu Muslims cementary to exhume corpses.
“He dug the graves and brought out seven heads, which he handed over to me. However we were intercepted by the police on our way and Tunde took to his heels leaving me. That was how I was arrested, “he explained.
The suspect claimed that it was his first time involving in such criminal act, saying, “The police were at my house to check and they did not find anything incriminating.”
On why he didn’t report to the police while being pressurised by his accomplice to commit the crime, Akeem said he feared Tunde could harm him.
Earlier, the state Commissioner of Police, Ado Lawan said the suspect was arrested by security operatives along Ajase-Ipo road with a bag with seven human heads.
Meanwhile, the Kwara State Police Command has arrested a soldier of the Nigerian Army for allegedly attacking the home of the Minister of State for Niger Delta, Prof. Claudius Daramola.
The army sergeant, Solomon Abel, was paraded, alongside four other suspects, on Thursday, by the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawan Ado.
The other suspects paraded are Dedeigbo Olabiyi, Raymond Anyam, Sunday Shakede and Kingsley Chijoke.
The suspects had allegedly attacked Daramola’s residence at the Tanke area of Ilorin on Tuesday, November 21, at about 5:45am.
The commissioner said after the police command was tipped off about the attack, operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad and Safer Highway teams were alerted and directed to block all the entry and exit routes to Ilorin.
The suspects were arrested when a green LandRover vehicle, with number plate IWA-01, was flagged down along Ajase-Ipo Road by policemen.
He said, “On interrogation, it was discovered that the occupants were robbers that attacked the minister’s house in the Tanke area. The five suspects, who include a military man, were members of an inter-state armed robbery gang. They confessed to have come from Abuja to carry out the robbery operation.”
The commissioner also disclosed that the suspects will soon be charged to court.