The 29- year-old herbalist, Baoku Gbuyi, and a 27-year old bricklayer, Olamide Odulaja, allegedly murdered Modupeola Folorunsho and her four-year old son, Peter Folorunsho, for money making ritual.
Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, who confirmed the arrest of the duo, said the arrest of the suspects followed a report at Ijebu Igbo Police Division by Modupeola’s husband.
“On interrogation, Olamide confessed that he and one herbalist abducted the victim and her son on February 13, 2021, and that the victim and her son were killed for money ritual at the house of the said herbalist.
“He stated further that it was the herbalist that burnt the woman’s head which he used for him,” Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, added.
He said that on getting to his (herbalist) residence, it was discovered that the he had run away when he heard that Olamide had been arrested.
“Subsequently, all the adjoining divisions were alerted to be on the look-out for the fleeing suspect. He was eventually traced to Kajola village, where he was arrested by the DPO, Awa Ijebu, with the assistance of hunters and local vigilantes,” the police image maker disclosed.
He said that on interrogation, the herbalist confessed that it was Olamide Odulaja who approached him for money making ritual following which he asked him to bring a head of human being as one of the material to be used.
He stated further that they both conspired to abduct the woman and her son and slaughtered them for that purpose.
“He confessed further that he burnt the woman’s head with some other herb material which he gave to Olamide to use. When asked about the little boy, he said that his head and remains were dumped inside a pit latrine,” he said.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, who commended his men for their display of investigative intelligence has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.
The CP who described the incident as the height of man’s inhumanity to man, warned those who engage in money making ritual to desist as only hard work backed with prayer can lead to success.