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I planned to use my apprentice for ritual to get N11m, says herbalist

By Michael Adesanya/ Abeokuta
A 62-year-old suspected ritualist and herbalist, Ganiyu Idowu disclosed on Thursday that he connived with an Islamic cleric, Alfa Bamigbola Edun to use his apprentice for ritual which would have fetched them N11million, if they succeeded.
The duo were paraded alongside another accomplice, Matthew Odunewu and 21 other suspects by the Ogun Police Commissioner, Ahmed Illiyasu at the Command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta for allegedly kidnapping Ganiyu Akanni for ritual purposes.
The suspects were paraded before journalists for alleged offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism, murder and threat to life.
Idowu told journalists that Edun asked him if he could provide one person for ritual, a development which made him to resort to using his apprentice.
“Alfa (cleric) asked me to provide one person to be use for ritual and I was told we will get N11 million in the operation if we succeed.
” I really regret my action. Government should please forgive me,” he pleaded.
Edun denied, but pointed out that he only engages the herbalist in mutual exchange of ideas in their traditional business.
“I don’t know anything about what he is saying. He is my friend and we exchange knowledge,” the suspect said.
Iliyasu said the suspects were arrested at Ogun River bank where the victim was about to be slaughtered.
“On interrogation, they confessed that the polythene bags caught with them were to be used to collect their respective shares of the victim’s body after killing him,” Iliyasu said.
The CP disclosed that the command had equally recovered various arms and ammunition in further compliance with Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris directives on mop-up of arms across the country.
Among arms recovered were 5 AK47/06 riffles, 19 pump action guns, 26 locally made guns and 216 cartridges.
He assured that the police would do everything within the ambit of the law to rid the state of crime and criminals.
The Police boss said ” The command wish to thank the people and government of Ogun state for their support and we enjoin them to continue having trust and confidence in us”.