The Ondo State Police Command has arrested a man, Yusuf Adenoyin, for being in possession of eight human skulls in Isua, the headquarters of the Akoko South-East Local Government.

According to Punch Newspaper, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, on Wednesday, explained that the police personnel attached to the Police Safer Highway Patrol at the Isua/Epinmi checkpoint arrested the suspect while performing their lawful duty.

Odunlami said, “On June 10, 2024, at about 0800hrs, personnel attached to the Police Safer Highway Patrol at Isua/Epinmi checkpoint while performing their lawful duty flagged down a Nissan Salon car en route Akure. While the vehicle was being searched, one of the passengers took to his heels and the police pursued and arrested him.”

“His load was searched and eight dry human skulls, fresh human flesh, and charms were found in a wrapped polythene bag concealed in a garri sack he was travelling with.”

“The suspect, Yusuf Adenoyin, 31 years old, stated that he was going to supply the items to herbalists. He also confessed to having supplied seven human skulls before he was arrested.”

The police spokesperson also said an investigation was ongoing to apprehend other accomplices.

The PPRO also said it arrested another three persons for involving in robbery activities in Akure, the state capital.

According to her, the suspects are Uche Onu, Ekene Okorie and Celestine Eze who were arrested through intelligence. She noted that the suspects had confessed to the commission of the crime.

The PPRO said, “They (suspects) confessed to have participated in the robbery, one Scania truck with reg no: JJJ 701 YE valued at N12,000 and 61 50kg empty gas cylinders were stolen. A police constable was injured at the scene of the crime.”

“Ekene Okorie who drove the stolen truck led detectives to one Emmanuel Okike who bought the stolen gas cylinders at the rate of N36,000 each totalling N2,256,000 which he paid into the account of Tochukwu Obi and Desmond Orjiakor respectively. The stolen Scania truck has been recovered from Benin City, Edo State while all 61 50kg empty gas cylinders were recovered from the receiver, Emmanuel Okike, at Lagos State.”

“Francis Okafor is presently in detention at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Benin City in connection with another armed robbery case while efforts are ongoing to apprehend Eze who is at large.”

Odunlami said the three suspects would be charged in court at the end of an investigation.




— Suspected ritualist

A 37-year-old suspected ritualist arrested by police detectives in Ondo state, Yusuf Adinohi, has confessed that he took to the business of selling human skulls to save his sick mother, Vanguard Newspaper reports.

Adinohi, who was paraded by the state police command in Akure, was arrested in Isua-Akoko area of the state for being in possession of eight human skulls.

He was said to be coming from Okene in Kogi State and heading to Osogbo in Osun state when he was arrested by security officers at about 11 am at Agbasi Locust checkpoint in Ase area of Isua Akoko, Ondo state.

A team of security operatives in the state, reportedly intercepted a commercial vehicle marked, LKJ 148 AJ, driven by one Kabiru Abubakar with four passengers.

“Upon investigation, the suspect admitted being the owner of the eight dry skulls and said that he was going to Osogbo to deliver the human skulls to another herbalist.”

The suspect reportedly named his customers who buy the human skulls from him and their locations

In an interview with newsmen, at the police headquarters in Akure, the suspect said that he has sold seven human skulls at N35,000 each and has made N245,000 from the illicit business.

According to him “ This will be my third time in this business. On the first trip, I sold four, the second time, I sold three and this latest one eight human skulls.”

“For the skull, I usually buy it from my friend, Ismaila who usually gets them from burial grounds.”

“Before I ventured into this business, I was buying and selling palm oil and cashew nuts, but it was not fetching me much money.”

“My mother has been sick, we took her to one hospital in Lokoja and the doctor said we need N2 million for her treatment. So I had no choice but to venture into skull business. My intention was to leave the business once I gathered the money to settle my mother’s medical bills.”

“So far, from the seven that I had sold, I’ve made N245,000. I actually sold them to different people.”

“I met the buyer on Facebook. He told me that he’s a herbalist.”

Speaking, the state police commissioner, Abayomi Oladipo, said that the suspect was apprehended during stop and search security operations at Isua Akoko.

The suspect further confessed that the human skulls were usually handed over to him by one Ismaila living at Oboroke in Okene, and that each head is being sold for between N30,000 and N35,000.

Oladipo said the suspect would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID for further investigations.

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