A 23-year-old man, Adeeko Owolabi has been arrested by the men of the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly killing a 22-year-old girl, Favour Daley-Oladele for money ritual.
The suspect, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi in Abeokuta on Sunday, was arrested together with his mother and a 42-year-old self-acclaimed pastor of a white garment church, Segun Philip.
The deceased, a final student of Sociology in the Lagos State University was Owolabi’s girlfriend.
The deceased was reported to have left home to an unknown destination since Sunday, December 8 and had not been seen since then, hence she was reported missing by her parents at Mowe Police Station.
The DPO Mowe Division, Marvis Jayeola, a Superintendent of Police, according to Oyeyemi, “detailed his crack detectives to unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the 22-year-old girl.”
“The detectives went into full scale technical and forensic investigation of the case and their efforts paid off when the movement of the deceased was traced to a white garment church in far away Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State being pastored by one Segun Philip,” Oyeyemi disclosed.
He added, “On getting to the church, the self acclaimed pastor was promptly arrested but he was quick to inform the detectives that the girl was brought to him by her boyfriend Adeeko Owolabi who was still within the vicinity of the church. The said boyfriend was traced and apprehended immediately.”
It was gathered that Owolabi had sought the help of the self-acclaimed pastor for money ritual and was told to bring a human heart for the ritual.
Owolabi confessed to the police during interrogation that he lured the deceased to Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State, where he had perfected plans with Pastor Segun Philip to use her for money making ritual.
He stated further that “while the girl was sleeping, the pastor gave him a pestle with which he used to smash the head of the girl and the pastor quickly used a knife to cut off her neck, ripped open her chest and removed her heart which he used in preparing a concoction for him and his mother to eat.”
When asked what pushed him to such devilish act, Owolabi explained that he decided to go into money ritual “because things were not going well with his parents economically most especially his mother who used to be the breadwinner of the family and when he sought for assistance from the pastor, he was asked to bring a human being for that purpose and the available person at that time was his girlfriend.”
Oyeyemi disclosed that the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation.
Ebrimson who described the gruesome murder of the deceased as “superlative degree of wickedness”, vowed to ensure that all the suspects face the full wrath of the law.