Three ritualists who allegedly abducted, killed and butchered a 400-level student of the Osun State University, Oluwafemi Shonibare, have been arrested by the police in the state.
The three suspects, whose names were given as 19-year-old Sakariyau Abdulrofiu, who is an Islamic scholar popularly called Alfa, 24-year-old Ibrahim Ayuba, and 18-year-old Yusuf Aliu, were arrested after the decomposing body of the victim was discovered behind Abdulrofiu’s house.
Shonibare was declared missing from his apartment outside the campus. His corpse was later found in a bush behind the Alfa’s house after nine days of searching.
The matter was reported to the police and operatives immediately arrested Abdulrofiu.
During interrogation, he confessed that he and the other suspects had killed Shonibare, cut off his head and roasted it as part of the money making rituals.
According to the report, Abdulrofiu further confessed that they hit the student with a pestle on the head and later butchered him.
He added that the deceased’s head was roasted but said that luck eventually ran out on them and they were apprehended by the police.
Confirming the incident, the state Police Commissioner of Police, CP Olufimihan Adeoye, said the victim was a 400-level Micro-Biology student of the University.
CP Adeoye said this while parading the suspects at the Command’s headquarters in Oshogbo, adding that they carried out the crime on June 26, 2017, at about 7:30 pm at Oke-Bale area of the state capital.
He said the suspects conspired and killed Shonibare by hitting him on the head with a pestle before cutting of his head, two wrists and palms which roasted in a clay pot while the victim’s remains were dumped in the bush.
According to him, friends of the victim reported him missing on June 27 at 7:45 pm while the information obtained from them led to the arrest of Abdulrofiu who is also an apprentice herbalist, as well as his two accomplices.