By Kayode Adeoti
The magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Tuesday sentenced one Olayinka Lateef Abbas and Tunde Alabi to three years imprisonment for exhuming human heads for rituals.
Also joined in the case is an Ilorin clergy man; Ojo Michael Sunday Odenusi, who was released on bail with a fine of fifty thousand naira and two sureties in like sum which one of them must be a civil servant.
They were dragged before Magistrate Ibitayo Olawoyin through two different First Information Reports containing 2-count charge for; Criminal and Unlawful possession of human heads contrary to Sections 97 and 213 of Penal Code.
They were also charged for Criminal conspiracy, committing trespass on place of burial and unlawful possession of human heads contrary to Section 97, 213, and 219 of Penal Code.
The FIR stated that Abbas, who leaves in Ganmo area of the state conspired with Alabi of the same address to exhume seven human heads at the burial ground situated at Igbo-Owu in Idofian area of the state.
It further disclosed that Inspr. Kadir Mohammed and the team attached to Safer Highway Patrol arrested the accused and brought them to the Ilorin branch of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.
The investigation conducted by this security team revealed that the accused were syndicate that usually trespass into burial grounds to exhume human parts for rituals purposes.
The second FIR further revealed that the convicts claimed in April 2017 to have sold two human heads grinded into powder to the said clergyman, Odenusi who is also known as ‘Finajo’ who also resides in Ganmo area of the state.
Odenusi, who is visually impaired admitted to have collected the grinded substance from the convicts through his guide Sunday Samuel for the purpose of making them charms, the FIR stressed.
Abbas and Alabi however confessed to the crime and pleaded for mercy after which court has ordered the charge sheet to be read to them.
The prosecutor, Inspector Al-Hassan Jubril however urged the court to allow the law takes its course.
In his ruling, Magistrate Olawoyin ordered the release of the third accused person while 1st and 2nd accused persons were remanded and the case was adjourned to 20th November, 2017.