By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Police Command on Thursday paraded a 35-year old man, Bakare Olalekan, who was alleged to have bought a human heart for N10,000 to prepare a prosperity charm.
Olalekan who was paraded together with 55 other suspects by the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu, at the State Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, confessed to journalists that he bought the heart from his friend who he simply identified as Oye.
According to the Commissioner of Police, the suspects were arrested for various crimes, ranging from kidnappings, armed robbery, vandalism, burgling, ritual killing, cultism and impersonation.
Olalekan said he bought the heart from his friend after he told him (his friend) that he needed a charm for prosperity. He said Oye told him that he would need a human heart which is a major ingredient in the preparation of the charm.
His words, “He (Oye) later sold three human hearts to me and he used one of them to prepare the charm for me. I later sold the remaining two to a suspect who is also being detained.”
The Commissioner of Police, while giving a breakdown of the various crimes the suspects committed, disclosed that Olalekan was part of a four-member syndicate that was arrested for killing a 16 year-old girl, Olayinka Adebayo, last year August.
Among the suspects was a fake Naval officer, Abdullahi Hammed, a fake Police officer, David Olasubomi and fake Prophet, Kehinde Onanunga.
A mother, Mulika Alaba and her 16-year daughter, Olamide Saliu were equally paraded for dealing in Indian hemp.
Nine suspects who specialise in vandalisation of telecommunication masts across the State were also arrested.
They were Edi Isaac, Chinedu Eze, Emmanuel Utulu, Adewale Saheed, Tunde Adebayo, Jimoh Idowu, Olaniyan Ibraheem and Henry Evans.
Items recovered from them were four backup solar batteries, 10 solar panels, one Ford bus with Reg. number Epe 613 DJ, set of tools, N- pliers and Spanners, three Techno handsets and two Nokia Handsets, One Scicco handset and cash sum of N85,000.
Also, six armed robbers were also paraded for robbing one lady, Ajayi Ololade Anifat of F3, Ilupeju Federal Housing Estate, Olomore, Abeokuta of her iPhone 7 valued at N250,000 on 4th of July, 2017.
They are Akinsola Rauf, Kazeem Adegbola, Kehinde Oyedola, Omolaja Salako, Najeem Atanda and Tajudeen Seriki.
Illiyasu disclosed that the suspects were arrested after a complaint by the victim and immediately the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad (FSARS) were detailed and they were tracked and apprehended.
According to Illiyasu, one iPhone 7, four different Bank Cheques and two master keys were recovered from the suspects.
The Police boss said in a bid to suppress and curtail criminality in the State, the command had deployed tactical and covert deployment of operatives from FSARS, PMF, conventional policemen, Intelligence unit and Anti- Kidnapping/ Cultism to the length and breadth of the State.
Illiyasu assured that the offensive against criminal elements in the state will be sustained until heinous criminal activities are reduced to the barest minimum.
He warned criminals to relocate to other States as the State would not be comfortable for them.