OGUN: Police Nabs 5 Suspected Grave Robbers, Body Parts Dealers

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Political map of Ogun State, South-West Nigeria.

The Ogun State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it has arrested five suspected members of a ritual gang, which allegedly specialises in exhuming corpses from graves and removing body parts for rituals.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abeokuta, capital of the South-West state, said that the suspects were arrested on Saturday in Odogbolu.

Mr. Oyeyemi listed the five all-male suspects as: Oshole Fayemi, 60; Oseni Adesanya, 39; Ismaila Seidu, 30; Oseni Oluwasegun, 69; and Lawal Olaiya, 50.

He said that the suspects were arrested following intelligence received by the Odogbolu Divisional Headquarters that the gang was allegedly planning carry out another round of human parts harvest within Ososa town.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the Odogbolu Division, Godwin Idehai, according to the Ogun PPRO, had immediately mobilised his men and stormed the suspects’ hideout where five of them were apprehended.

“On interrogation, the suspects made confessional statements that they were actually into the business of exhuming corpses from their graves.

“They said that they usually sold the exhumed body parts to their clients who used them for money making rituals,” Oyeyemi said.

Meanwhile, Ogun Commissioner of Police CP Frank Mba has directed that the suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discreet investigation and possible prosecution.

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