Three suspected ritualists who specialise in luring and kidnapping female students of Adeyemi College of Education, ACE in Ondo State and using them for rituals, have been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command. Ritualists confess.
The suspects: John Adenitire also known as Emir, Fisayo Fasanu a.k.a Abore and Alfa Abdurafiu Tijani, who have been engaging in the business have reportedly spread their tentacles beyond the state but luck ran out on them recently.
Following their arrest, the State Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju paraded them on Thursday at the state headquarters of Police, Igbatoro, Akure.
According to the CP, the suspects, including a herbalist were arrested at different locations and they confessed to killing of three students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo. Two students of the College of Education in Ondo town, Miss Oladepo Blessing and Oluwasemilore Mary had earlier been declared missing.
The Police boss explained that the report of a missing girl was made at Fagun Police station in Ondo town on the 28th of July, while police swung into action.
He explained that one of the suspects, Adenitire, was arrested in a robbery incident in Ondo, and later confessed to the kidnap and killing of the missing girl for ritual.
The CP stated that further investigation led to the discovery of two other female students who had been killed for ritual disclosing that Adenitire’s confession led to the arrest of two other suspects who participated in the killing.
He said Adenitire and Fasanu confessed selling the bodies of the ladies to a Muslim cleric in Ore, Abdurafiu Tijani, who promised to pay N15 million for the parts of the parts of the ladies.
Confessing to the crime, Adenitire, 30, said: “They promised to give us N5 million for a left breast and left hand and we were able to send three different bodies to them but they have not send the police before the police nabbed me.
“We have killed three girls and remove their breast and buried their remains in the bush. We gave the parts to the Alfa and Sile who is also part of us but has taken to his heels after our arrest.
“I was not there when the victims were killed but I was the one keeping vigil at the entrance of the bush and the operation was successful. I did not participate in the killing.”
Also speaking, Fasanu also known as “abore” said: “I was in my house when John Adenitire, “Emir” told me he has business that can lead to cool money for us. He told me it’s about ritual and assured me there was no problem.
“We went out the second day around 9:30pm and two girls and one boy were picked and we killed them before removing their parts while Sile took them to herbalists in Ore and Ijebu Igbo.”
However, the Police Commissioner said after series of interrogation, the suspects confessed to mutilating the body of the victim for ritual purposes.
“They took us to where they buried one of the victims, and we found the body already decomposing.”