Update: Ritualist Who Killed 17 Year-Old Girl Reveals Motive

A suspected ritual killer, Yewunu Tanlaju, who was caught yesterday by members of the the Ogun State Vigilant Group has confessed to selling the severed parts of a 17-year-old girl, Taye Gusinu, to an herbalist for N8,500.

Meanwhile the 35-year-old 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.

Tanlaju spoke with correspondent at the police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while being paraded with two other accomplices – an herbalist, Olusoji Asamo; and one Joyi 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.

He said, “I saw the girl hawking puff-puff in a school environment. I called her and bought N40 puff-puff 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.”

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, 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.

The father of the deceased, who was visibly angry while speaking with journalists, demanded justice and warned that under no guise should the suspects be freed.

He said, “The government must also kill them. If I set my eyes on them again, I will attack them with whatever I can get.”


Osun Muslims Recommend Stiffer Penalty For Ritual Killings

The Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC), has recommended stiffer sanction against kidnappers and ritualists to stem the tide of the dastardly acts in the society.

The first vice-president of the community, Alhaji Mustafa Olawuyi gave the recommended at a news conference organised by OSMC to usher in the activities to mark this year Islamic calendar, Hijra (1439) celebration.

He said some hardened criminals masquerading as Alfas and pastors are on the prowl, deeply involved in human rituals and kidnapping, saying the act is not only tarnishing the image of good clerics, but also instilling fears and panic in the society.

“The only way to stem the ugly tide is to ensure that these hardened criminals are appropriately dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.

“The ritual killing exist, not among fake Islamic leaders alone, there are as well fake or untrue leaders in other religions. Religion is just a way to disguise and to push away suspicious attention.

The OSMC leader said the theme for this year’s Hijra Colloquium “Islamic Rulings on Kidnapping and Ritual Killings, which held on Thursday could not have come at a better time.

Hijra, according to the Islamic cleric, is the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina as a result of stiff opposition he faced in his native land, Mecca.

The Meccans at that time, he recalled, were idol worshippers and thereby resisted his message of only one Almighty Allah, saying, Hijra in modern era therefore is abandoning one’s evil ways to embrace a new one.

The secretary of OSMC, Alhaji Hashim Olapade complemented Olawuyi by saying that the twelve months in Islam can be found in the Holy Quran and is in conformity with the moon (Lunar).

He urged muslims to know more about the Islamic calendar and embrace it fully.

The news conference was attended by top executive members of OSMC such as the second vice-president, Alhaji Bola Bello, and the Public Relation Officer, Alhaji Abdulateef Olayanju. Others include Alhaji Bamigbade Kasali, Alhaji Asif Adegoke and Alhaji Ismail Tadese, among several others.

The week long activities commenced on Sunday, September 17th with a live interactive session on Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) Radio, EROYA and Breakfast Dialogue on the television arm of the same corporation.

Monday featured the press briefing at the OSMC secretariat; the following day witnessed the Quran recitation competition which involved the best memorisers of the Holy Quran which produced the finalists for the grand finale.

Thursday, September 21st witnessed the colloquium where distinguished Islamic scholars, academics and clerics did justice to the topic: Islamic Rulings on kidnapping and Ritual killings.

Special Jumu’ah service held on Friday, 22nd September throughout the state where the significance of Hijra featured prominently as the sermon in the various mosques.

The Osogbo city stadium would play host to the grand finale of the Hijra activities on Sunday, September 24.

Lagosians In Fear As Ritualist Den Uncovered

Lagos is perhaps one of the busiest states in Africa, as it is popularly known as the city of hustle. Hence the disbelief that went through the hearts of residents of Ijaiye community in Lagos after a den of ritualist was uncovered in the  A ritualist’s den has been uncovered at Obadeyi Ajala.

According to reports the events that uncovered the ritualist took place at the early hours of Tuesday, when a state worker sweeping the road noticed a woman being pulled underground and heard her screams. She alerted passers-by who noticed that the cry was coming from the underground where the canal is linked at Obadeyi bus stop, Ijaiye.

The police were said to have been alerted and came to the scene and rescued the victims and apprehended the culprits found.

“The police were able to uncover the hiding place where the suspects carried out their evil acts with the aid of soldiers who invaded the secluded territory. By 10.00am, the crowd had already tripled. Onlookers from Agege, Sango, Ifo had arrived Obadeyi area in Ojokoro to witness the incidence.

“It took several hours to dig into the den where the suspects had hidden their victims; about two persons were rescued and taken to the hospital, as they appeared unconscious. Since security agents were already on the ground, angry mob were prevented from carrying out a mob attack on the suspect, who refused to confess to the crime,” an eye witness who craved anonymity said.

It was gathered that the crowd later succeeded and set ablaze one of the suspects, but surprisingly to them, as fire was burning all over him, he appeared unhurt.

It was learnt that the abandoned house which the den lead to also served as a hideout for the kidnappers.

“The suspect boasted that there was nothing they could do to harm him. Even some moved to dismember him with machetes and all sorts of weapons, but he wasn’t still perturbed”, the witness said.

Although there have been different versions of the story, the security operatives interviewed confirmed that 3 suspects were caught but 2 were set ablaze by the angry mob, and one taken to the station for interrogation.