From the Court

How Ilorin prophet, Eli-Wakuku exhumed 200 human skulls from Muslim Cemetery – Witness


By Kayode Adeoti

A police witness, Peter Ibiyemi on Tuesday testified before the Magistrate court sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital that Prophet and founder of St. Moses Orimolade Cherubim and Serafim Church, Gabriel Josaya had exhumed over 200 human heads from Muslim Cemetery  at Osere area of the state capital.
The witness, an Investigation Police Officer (IPO) who was led in evidence by a state Prosecutor, Muhammad Idowu Akande informed the court that the accused who is popularly called Eli-Wakuku of Osere area made the confession in a statement obtained from him.
The IPO also submitted that the accused, according to his statement began the business in 2009 and had so far, exhumed 200 human skulls from the Muslim Cemetery.
He further stated that the accused confessed to have perpetrated the act mainly at night, singlehandedly.
According to Ibiyemi, for each operation, he paid N10,000 to the cemetery security night guard.
He also stated that Eli-Wakuku confessed to have sold the skull for N6,000 each to a native doctor, one Gabriel Moyosore of the same address.
During the cross examination, the counsel to Eli-Wakuku, Taye Olojoku argued that the statement obtained from his client was not voluntary.
Olojoku, who claimed to have witnessed the torture of the accused by the police, added that he gave the statement under duress.
In view of this, the Magistrate however adjourned the case to 5th July, 2018 for trial within trial.
Meanwhile, in 2016, Eli-Wakuku with his accomplice were dragged before Magistrate Kudirat Yahya for criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass and unlawful possession of human heads contrary to section 97, 348 and 219 of Penal Code Law.
Following transfer of the case to Magistrate Muhammed Ibrahim on the same count charge in 2018, the matter came up for hearing on Tuesday.
The First Information Report however revealed that the accused conspired with his cohorts to unlawfully gain entrance into the cemetery where he had exhumed human skulls and sold to various customers at the rate of N8,000 per skull.The FIR also stated that Eli-Wakuku used the skulls for money rituals and other evil acts.
Human skull was however discovered in possession of Moyosore and he has confessed to the crime, the FIR added.

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