The Commissioner of Police in Kwara State, Mohammed Lawal Bagega on Wednesday, confirmed the arrest of 4 suspected ritualists.
CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the suspects, according to the Commissioner, were responsible for the gruesome murder of Olokose Oluwasola Ojo, a staff of the University of Ilorin Teaching hospital, six days to his wedding.
He said that one of the suspect happens to be the victim’s neighbour. He said that he also doubles at the ring leader of the ritualists gang.
“The suspect confessed to have cut the head and arms of the victim for ritual purposes. He killed him in Patigi, then buried his remains in a shallow grave, ” he added.
In a statement by the Command’s Police Public Relation Officer, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, the names of the suspects were given as Muhammed Kazeem Belwa, the ring leader and the victim’s next-door neighbour and friend, Mohammad Chatta, Jimoh Abdulateef and Madi Jeremiah.
The statement by the PPRO reads, “I wish to inform the general public of the arrest of the leader of a kidnap gang, one Kazeem Mohammed of Patigi in Patigi Local government area of Kwara state who collected the some of #160,000 from one Olokose Oluwasola Ojo now deceased, on the guise of helping him buy a cow to be used on the deceased wedding scheduled to hold between 12th and 13th of March 2021.”
“Since the victim left Ilorin with the suspect, he could no longer be reached by anybody including his intending wife, one Ilori Oluwakemi.”
“On March 3, the wife received a phone call from her husband’s line demanding for 12million naira ransom if she hopes to see her husband again.”
“When the incident was reported, the Commissioner of Police directed an all-encompassing investigation into the matter, ordering the arrest of the kidnappers and rescue the victim unhurt at all costs.”
“Investigation however led to the arrest of the leader of the gang by name, Mohammed Kazeem Beiwa in Patigi via the use of hi-tech intelligence.”
“Investigation further led to the arrest of 3 other members of the syndicate, Mohammed Chatta, Jimoh Abdulateef and Madi Jeremiah, confessed to the crime, confirming the killing of the victim and burying him in a shallow grave inside the bush, they took policemen to the scene of the killing where the head of the victim and arm were severed and used for money ritual by Mohammed Kazeem, the leader of the gang.”
“The suspects stated in their confessional statement that the victim was lured into the remote part of Patigi where he was told the cow he paid for was tied, on getting to the spot, he was shot and killed.”
“The body of the victim was exhumed by the police and taken to University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital mortuary for autopsy.”
“The commissioner of police wishes to advise members of the public to always be on guard at all times, know who they do business with and also be conscious of their environment, as the society is filled with evil people.”
“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as the Court resumes sitting, ” the statement reads.