A fake pastor, Kehinde Onayiga, and 55 other criminals were paraded at the Ogun State Police Command, Eleweran, Abeokuta on Thursday for offences including ritual killing, kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and impersonation.
Onayiga, according to the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, was a fake pastor alleged to have been involved in the killing of a 13-year-old girl, Anuoluwapo Ajisafe, for ritual.
His accomplice, Musiliu Jibril, allegedly lured the victim to Onayiga’s church where she was killed.
Speaking with journalists, Jibril confessed that Onayiga contracted him to source for a female virgin to prepare charms for some Internet fraudsters(Yahoo Boys).
“I was able to lure the girl because she knew me and the mother too knew me. It was the Pastor(Onayiga) that contracted me to help him get a female virgin for ritual. He told me he wanted to prepare some charms for some Yahoo Boys. I delivered the girl to him in his church at Sagamu and he promised to pay me N20,000, but I am yet to get the money, ” he stated
The fake Pastor who was dressed in a white garment and had two horns wrapped in red cloth, denied the allegation.
Anuoluwapo was said to have been missing since June 21, 2017 and her whereabouts remained unknown till date.
Another suspect paraded for murder/ritual killing was Bakare Olalekan, accused of killing a 16-year-old girl, Olayinka Adebayo in Ijebu area, and selling her heart to ritualists.
Iliyasu said four members of the syndicate were already in police net while the suspect (Olalekan) had confessed to selling two human hearts to one of them.
He said he bought one of the human hearts for N10,000 from a friend called Oye for goodluck charm.
Also nabbed was a mother, Mulika Alaba and her 16-year-old daughter, Olamide Saliu who allegedly sold Indian hemp. A bag of Indian hemp was recovered from them.
Eight suspected vandals of telecommunication masts across the state were also paraded, with items stolen from a site belonging to a telecoms companies in Owode-Egba area of the state.
Six armed robbers were also paraded for robbing a lady, Ajayi Ololade Anifat of F3, Ilupeju Federal Housing Estate, Olomore, Abeokuta of her iPhone 7 valued at N250,000 on July 4.
The suspects, who also allegedly broke into people’s cars to steal their cheque books, were Akinsola Rauf, Kazeem Adegbola, Kehinde Oyedola, Omolaja Salako, Najeem Atanda and Tajudeen Seriki.
Four suspected kidnappers who operated along Siun-Sagamu interchange and Sapade-Ogere axis were also nabbed, with three pump action guns, seven live cartridges and four expended cartridges recovered from them.
Other suspected armed robbers and cultists were paraded by Iliyasu, who warned that there was no hiding place for criminals in the state.
He said in a bid to curtail criminality in the state, the command had deployed tactical and covert operatives from Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Police Mobile Force, conventional policemen, Intelligence unit and Anti- Kidnapping/ Cultism.
Iliyasu assured that the offensive against criminal elements in the state would be sustained until criminal activities were reduced to the barest minimum.