Two brothers, Monsuru Tajudeen, are presently telling their stories to operatives of the Osun State Police Command in Iwo, regarding their engagement in ritual killings, which have ravaged some parts of the state in recent times.
Luck was said to have run out on them, when they killed one of their victims identified Mutiat Alani and were subsequently trailed and arrested in a house at Yemoja compound, Iwo.
Upon their arrest, angry residents, however, laid siege to the area on Tuesday, and razed down four buildings, including those belonging to the suspects.
TVC News quotes a resident of Yemoja compound, who preferred anonymity, as saying that the suspects were arrested after a mobile phone of Mutiat that had been declared missing a few days ago, was tracked to a man in Iwo, who claimed Monsuru sold the phone to him.
The source said: “When the police operatives swooped on the house of the suspects, some skulls and mutilated bodies were recovered.
“The house that the suspects had been using to perpetrate the act is located near a river and bush. When residents heard of their arrest on Tuesday, they attacked their house and razed the building. Apart from their house, three other adjoining buildings were razed.”
Confirming the development, Police/Public Relations Officer for Osun Command, Yemisi Opalola, said two suspects –Monsuru Tajudeen, and Lawal Tajudeen, were arrested in a building at Yemoja Compound, Iwo where two mutilated bodies were also recovered by the police.
Opalola said, “We arrested two suspected ritual killers, Tajudeen Monsuru and Tajudeen Lawal at Yemoja compound, Iwo. Monsuru had told us he killed for ritual purposes and that he has killed many people.
“A woman was reported missing and a search was launched. The name of the woman is Mutiat Alani. When the police commenced an investigation of the missing woman, her phone was tracked and the phone was discovered in the possession of Monsuru.
“Police operatives that went to the scene recovered two mutilated bodies. Angry residents also on Tuesday attacked the house where the bodies were recovered and some adjourning buildings and razed them. Investigation had commenced into the matter.”
The Nation, in its report, quoted one Olaide narrating how the feat was achieved, saying: “The telephone of the missing woman was tracked to one vulcanizer who told the police that he got the phone from one of the siblings. He led the police to the house of the ritualists and they were arrested.
“Irate youths burnt down the house that corpses were recovered on Monday night. We are still in fear of the incident.”
The Spokesperson of the Osun State Police Command, Mrs. Yemisi Opalola confirmed that police arrested two siblings’ ritualists with mutilated corpses.
She said: “We arrested two ritual killers Tajudeen Monsuru and Tajudeen Lawal. A woman identified as Mutiat Alani was reported missing. We commenced an investigation. The telephone of the missing woman was found with Monsuru.
“The police went to the house and recovered two mutilated corpses. They discovered decomposing bodies. They confessed that they killed many people but only two corpses were recovered. They killed for rituals to help those that patronise them,” she ended.
Similarly, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi in a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem said, “he felt disappointed that Iwo residents could still kill for rituals despite his frequent anti-ritual campaigns in the media.
He described the perpetrators as bastards of Iwoland, urging security agencies to conduct a full investigation into their allies.
“As an ardent campaigner against ritual killings, I condemn in totality the recently discovered ritual den in Iyemoja, Iwo. It is an act against humanity.”
The perpetrators should be made to face the full wrath of the law. Iwo is known for morality and respect for human lives. Anyone caught dealing in human parts should be treated as criminal and bastard.”
“I’ve commenced the process to confiscate the den discovered in Iwo. I will approach a competent court of law to give a permit to confiscate land/house and surrounding houses of ritual killers. A powerful security committee will be set up as a liaison between the town and the security to give tip-off information on suspicious ritual murdering. Doing so will serve as a deterrent to others and chase ritualists dealing in human parts away from Iwo,” he added.
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