A man identified as a mortuary attendant was detained in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, for chopping off the head of a deceased boy and planned to sell it for N50,000.
On Tuesday morning, personnel from the Ogun State Government-owned security agency, the So-Safe Corps, apprehended the man, named as Kushimo Lukman.
The suspect was described by the So-Safe Corps as “an acclaimed mortuary attendant working with MABOD in Oke-Yidi, Abule Oloni, Abeokuta.”
According to the spokesman, Moruf Yusuf, Lukman, who lives at 9, Abule Oloni, Oke Yidi, Abeokuta, was apprehended by agency agents on regular patrol.
He was apprehended “after he had beheaded the corpse of a male minor at the Oke Yidi cemetery in Abeokuta.”
According to reports, the suspect confessed during interrogation that “the beheaded corpse was brought to the cemetery from the Federal Medical Centre FMC, Abeokuta, after he died due to complications from a kidney disease.”
The suspect was quoted to have said that “the parents of the boy, who came from Ibadan, sought his assistance as a mortuary attendant to get the body buried,” adding that “he buried the boy’s body inside the cemetery, in the presence of his parents at about 19:00hrs on Monday.”
However, the suspect was said to have later gone back to the cemetery at 6 am on Tuesday, “to severe the head of the buried boy, and he was caught after a fierce fight with the So-Safe officers, who later overpowered him.”
Yusuf added that the suspect “confessed that the fresh head was requested for by one Chief Ifalonishe (AKA Lanroye) at the rate of N50,000,” saying “it was supposed to be delivered to him at a designated point within Abeokuta.”
Meanwhile, the state Commander of the corps, Soji Ganzallo, has ordered the operation department of the corps to ensure that the accomplices are apprehended and brought to book alongside his numerous clients.
It was learnt that the suspect has been handed over to the Ogun State Police Command, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for further investigation and likely prosecution.