The police authorities have arrested a man with a fresh human head and hands concealed in a bag in a commercial bus travelling from Ajase-Ipo to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, the suspect, Kehinde Moses, confessed to having killed the victim, Mohammed, for ritual purposes in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
He said the suspect was apprehended on Monday after police operatives stopped the vehicle for search on the road, adding that Moses’ accomplice escaped by taking to his heels.
“In the course of interrogation, the suspect confessed that he and his fleeing partner killed the victim named Mohammed in Ajase-Ipo for ritual purposes,” the police spokesman said via a statement issued on Tuesday.
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“Today, May 3, 2021, around 6.30 am along the Ajase-Ipo/Ilorin Road, a team of Operation Harmony on stop-and-search duty stopped one suspected commercial bus and in the process of searching a bag, one boy took to his heels, while his partner was held; the bag was searched and a freshly severed head and hands of a boy were discovered.
“The suspect by name Kehinde John Moses took a team of investigators to where the body was dumped for purposes of recovery and subsequent transfer to the hospital for autopsy.”
Reacting to the arrest, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Mohammed Lawal Bagega, directed the homicide section of the state criminal investigation department (SCID) to thoroughly investigate the case and arrest anybody connected to the heinous crime.
He also warned criminals to vacate Kwara State, noting that Command would deploy all legal means to deal with them.
The police boss also reiterated the commitment of the State Police Command in flushing out criminal activities from the state.
Meanwhile, an investigation into the case is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the probe.