70-year-old arrested over missing human head

Precious Igbonwelundu

A 70-year-old man has been picked up in Lagos in connection with the discovery of a headless body at a cemetery in the Badagry area of the state.

The septuagenarian Sulaimon Odunsi’s son Bariyu, 32, and friend Emmanuel Ibrahim, 40, were also arrested by operatives of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC).

They were arrested in Oriade Local Council Development Area of the state on Friday morning, the police said on Sunday.

The suspects were under watch as soon as an LNCS official who saw them going to the Iyagbe Cemetery around 11pm on Thursday alerted other members of the community.

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The Nation gathered that when the three men were accosted on their way from the cemetery, they claimed to have gone there for some rituals.

“Around 11pm on Thursday, dogs in the area were barking nonstop. It was not a usual thing and so, an LSNC officer who stays around came out and saw pa Odunsi who’s a member of the community and a stranger (Ibrahim) going towards to cemetery.

“He immediately raised alarm and other community leaders came out. They waited for the three men and stopped them on their way back. They claimed they went to the cemetery to perform some rituals.

“But in the morning, people discovered that two graves were opened and one corpse had its head removed. The three men were immediately arrested and Ibrahim confessed he was a native doctor from Meiran. He said he was brought to heal Bariyu of his sickness.”

Contacted, the Public Affiars Officer (PAO) of LNSC Olawale Afolabi said the suspects were handed over to policemen at the Area L Command for further investigation.

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