The Ogun state police command have arrested a suspected ritualist, Yewunu Tanlaju, who sales body parts to an herbalist in the state.
Tanlaju, 35, said that he sold the severed parts of a 17-year-old hawker, Taye Gusinu, to an herbalist for N8,500.
The suspect allegedly killed the victim last Thursday in Idosemo, Ipokia, Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, by severing her head and removing her heart and other vital organs.
He told newsmen at the police command while he was being paraded with two other accomplices, an herbalist, Olusoji Asamo and one Joy Suru.
The victim’s decomposing remains were also brought to the parade ground.
Tanlaju said the victim was hawking ‘puff-puff’ when he lured her into an isolated building.
“I saw the girl hawking ‘puff-puff’ in a school environment. I called her and bought some from her.
“After she finished selling to me, she was leaving when I seized her from behind and tied her down. She attempted shouting, but I blocked her mouth.I slaughtered her myself.
“It was the second time I would be killing in the area. It was Asamo who told me to bring human parts, although I didn’t know what he wanted to use them for.
“When I delivered the girl’s parts, he gave me N8,500. But it was N10,000 he gave me when I delivered the first parts.”
Asamo confessed that the human parts were brought to him immediately the heinous act was committed.
The 27-year-old herbalist said, “It is true that he brought the human parts to my house, requesting money ritual. I collected them from him with the intention of reporting the case.
“I didn’t report to the police because police station is far from our area. I was the one who took the human parts to Joyi Suru for safekeeping. I gave him N8,500, so that he will not be suspicious.”
Ahmed Iliyasu, the Ogun state commissioner of police, said the suspects were arrested after a complaint by the father of the victim, Jimoh Gusinu.
He said the arrest was successful with the collaboration of the Ogun state command of the Vigilante Service of Nigeria.