Ogun: Herbalist, 2 others in Police net for killing 7-year-old boy for ritual

The Ogun state command of the Nigerian Police has arrested three suspects for allegedly killing a seven-year-old boy, Pelumi Apalaya for ritual purpose.


The suspects, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, are: Lajuwon Ogunleye, a herbalist and the step-father of the boy, his wife Adetutu Apalaya and one Fatai Sefiu.


The trio were arrested on Wednesday, April 22, following an information received by the Police at Abigi Divisional headquarters that the seven-year-old boy who didn’t show any sign of sickness suddenly slumped and died.


Oyeyemi explained that, the sudden death of the boy arouse the suspicion of people around that the boy might have been used for ritual.


     “Upon their suspicion, the people around started monitoring the herbalist who incidentally happened to be the step-father of the deceased boy and his wife who is the mother of the boy”, Oyeyemi said.         

“Unknown to them (the couple), they were monitored to the bush where they took the victim to for burial in company of the third suspect who is a friend to the herbalist and the boy was buried in an upright position after they had removed some body parts of his corpse.”     

 Oyeyemi further explained, “This confirmed the suspicion of the people and they quickly informed the police.”      

The DPO Abigi division, Tarkighir Joseph led his men to the bush in Iwopin area of Ijebu Waterside where the suspects were arrested. 


The suspects, Oyeyemi disclosed, led policemen to where the victim was buried where it was discovered that the deceased was buried in standing position.     

When interrogated by the Police, the second suspect, Fatai Sefiu told the detectives that the boy was actually used for ritual by the step-father in connivance with the deceased boy’s mother. 


“Sefiu stated further that the couple have reached a conclusion before he was coopted into the business”, Oyeyemi added.


The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.

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