A 40-year-old pastor, Olagunju Adetunji, in Kajola, near Osogbo, Osun State, was allegedly caught with human hands and legs.
They were paraded on Wednesday, June 9, alongside a 50-year-old herbalist identified as Adewumi Gbadamosi, with three others named Rasheed Ajani, Saka Akeem, and Abiodun Adetimilehin.
They were arrested for allegedly killing a teenager simply identified as Kehinde near a hospital in Osogbo.
The herbalist in his confessional statement to the police said that Kehinde’s head was given to the pastor and accomplice, Saka Akeem, after they approached him for help over poor patronage in church.
According to the Osun State Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode, the police operatives acting on intelligence, arrested the suspects at Oke Ayepe area of Osogbo and Kajola ljesha.
Olokede said: “The suspects were arrested with two decaying hands and two legs of one Kehinde, whose surname and address are still unknown. The principal suspect, one Adewumi Gbadamosi, confessed to the crime and said the victim’s head was given to one Olagunju Adetunji for rituals.
“While being paraded, Gbadamosi said he shot Kehinde dead while on night guard duty post in Osogbo. He then dismembered him, took some parts, and threw the rest of the body into a river.
“The herbalist said Ajani, who was also working as a nightguard, assisted him to carry the deceased after he had killed him,” he added.
However, Pastor Adetunji denied receiving the deceased’s head from the herbalist, but admitted meeting Gbadamosi once in his church after his friend, Adetimilehin, brought him for spiritual help.
Olawale Olokode while addressing journalists disclosed that the suspects have confessed to the crime and assured the public that they will be prosecuted after the necessary investigation is concluded.