Nigeria: Suspected Ritualist Arrested as Police Unearth Decomposed Body of OAU Student in Ogun State
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a disturbing revelation, the Ogun State Police Command has successfully uncovered the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Quadri Salami, a 100-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. The investigation, marked by diligence and determination, ultimately led to the arrest of suspected ritualists and the exhumation of Quadri’s decomposing body in Ogun State.
The sequence of events unfolded when Quadri’s father reported his son’s sudden disappearance on November 14, 2023, at Kenta Police station. Despite relentless efforts, he had not seen his son since November 8. This prompted the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, to take personal initiative and lead a Tactical Squad to Mile 6 in Ajebo area of Abeokuta.
The breakthrough in the case came as the police tracked a suspect, Akeem Usman, who was found in possession of Quadri’s phone. Akeem, under interrogation, implicated another individual, Ifadowo Niyi, revealing their involvement in the heinous crime. According to Akeem, they slaughtered Quadri, dismembered his vital parts for ritual purposes, and subsequently sold the body parts to internet fraudsters.
Ifadowo took Quadri’s head and two wrists, paying Akeem one hundred thousand Naira for the gruesome transaction. The suspects confessed to using four other human heads for money rituals, known as “Osole,” highlighting the horrifying extent of their criminal activities.
The decomposing body parts were found buried in a shallow grave, with the heart, two legs, and flesh concealed in a plastic rubber for rituals. The remaining parts were utilized for another crime known as “awure.” The suspects, now in custody at Eleweran at SCID, will face further investigations and prosecution.
The State Commissioner of Police emphasized a commitment to ensuring justice is served, urging parents to collaborate with the police by providing volunteer information to eradicate such nefarious practices. This chilling incident underscores the importance of collective efforts in combating crimes against humanity and protecting innocent lives from the clutches of ritualistic practices.
As the investigation continues, the Ogun State Police remains steadfast in its pursuit of justice, determined to bring all perpetrators to face the full extent of the law. Such heinous crimes serve as a stark reminder of the need for heightened vigilance and cooperation between law enforcement and the community to rid society of these grave threats.