Alfa asked me to bring human heart and two hands for money ritual that will produce N11m
On Thursday a 62-year-old herbalist, Ganiyu Idowu, said that an Islamic cleric, Bamigbola Edun, aka alfa, asked him to get a human heart and two hands, with which he would prepare a ritual which had the power to produce N11m.
Idowu was one of the 19 suspects paraded by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, at the command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for offences ranging from kidnapping and attempted ritual killing, to armed robbery and threat to life.
Another man together with Idowu and Edun was a 62-year-old motorcyclist, Mathew Odunewu, who was said to be an associate.
The three of them, according to CP Iliyasu, conspired, kidnapped and attempted to kill one Ganiu, an apprentice to Idowu, for alleged money ritual, in the Oriyanrin area of Abeokuta.
He said the police got some information about their plan and mounted surveillance on the area.
The police boss said their efforts paid off on August 30, 2018, around 11pm by Ogun River bank, when three of them surfaced with their supposed victim, Ganiu.
He said, “On getting to the river bank, the three men grabbed the fourth person, who is the youngest among them, laid him on the ground and were about to slaughter him like a lamb when policemen ran into them.”
Iliyasu said when the suspects were arrested, they had polythene bags with them, adding that they confessed that they would have put Ganiu’s body parts inside the bags if they had succeeded in killing him.
When asked by journalists what caused their action, the herbalist said it was the alfa who asked him to get a human heart and two hands.
He said the 50-year-old cleric promised that the human parts would be used for ritual and would fetch them N11m.
He said, It is true that I am a herbalist, but it was this alfa who asked me to get a human heart and hands.
Initially, I did not want to do it, but he promised that we would get N11m from the ritual.
At first, we attempted to kidnap a boy, who escaped before I decided to use my apprentice, Ganiu.
But during our attempt to slaughter Ganiu, the police caught and arrested us.
However, Edun denied having a hand in the conspiracy, arguing that he had never killed a chicken, let alone a human being.
The limping alfa, who spoke in Yoruba, said, “I knew nothing about what he said; I am being framed.”
The suspects would be prosecuted at the end of investigation.