Ritual killer lures 4-yr-old boy with groundnut, beheads him


Ganiyu Tajudeen, 25, a suspected member of a gang of ritual killers, has been arrested by the operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (FSARS), Osun State Command, after killing and beheading
Bakare Teslim, 4.

The killing occurred in Iragbiji. Tajudeen allegedly connived with other gang members: Aremu Moshood, 48, Agboola Abdulwasiu, 31, and Ganiyu Abidoye, 60, to lure Teslim away from his parents’ residence on the pretext of buying him groundnuts.

Teslim’s father, Ismail Bakare, disclosed to law enforcement agents that on getting home on the day of the incident, he was informed by an aged woman living in his neighborhood that Tajudeen had come to take away his son to buy groundnut.


Ganiyu later confessed to have taken Teslim away with the sole aim of using him for money ritual. He also confessed that he had already been beheaded and the head had been buried in a shallow grave, while the body was thrown somewhere and covered with leaves.

He thereafter took the FSARS operatives to the scene where the body was thrown while the head was exhumed few meters away from where the body was recovered.

Ganiyu, a palm fruit cutter, said he killed Teslim for ritual to make fortune and for protection. He had once been arrested in 2012 for stealing a child, then, he was charged to court and spent 7 months in Ilesa prison.

The 4 suspects have now been dragged before an Osogbo magistrates’ court on a 4-count charge of conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and unlawful and intentional killing of Teslim Bakare.


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