The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of a 36-year-old woman, Kafilat Lateef, has been unravelled by the Oyo State police command, as five suspects have been arrested for allegedly killing her for ritual purpose.
The suspects, who were arrested in Oyo town, were Gbenga Taiwo (35), Afeez Kareem (38), Lukman Ganiyu (30), Mohammed Saheed (45) and Adeyemi Adedokun (40). The Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Mrs Janet Agbede, who conducted newsmen round the scene of the crime, said a family member of the deceased, one Sekinat Lateef, went to Kajorepo police station to report the case of a missing person.
According to Mrs Agbede, the complainant said her sister went to her lover in Oyo, on January 21 and did not return. She added that the complainant also told the police that calls made to Kafilat’s line was no longer going, until a few days later, when they received a call from her line that she had an accident in Lagos and was at the General Hospital, also in Lagos.
The police boss said policemen set to work after the family had reported the case, resulting in the arrest of the principal suspect, Taiwo. Mrs Agbede said his confessional statement led to the arrest of others and recovery of the remains of the deceased, which had to be exhumed. Taiwo, the lover, had reportedly invited the deceased to Oyo and, in connivance with his friends, Kareem and Lukman, laced Kafilat’s drink with drug, which made her to sleep off, after which Lukman hit her on the head with a digger.
The suspects had confessed that they dug a shallow grave at the backyard of the house where Lukman was a guard, where they buried the body of the deceased with a kolanut in her mouth.
Trouble started for the group when they went to the grave the second day and did not find the kolanut. After the third day, they decided to exhume the corpse, remove the head and burnt other parts, while they buried the charred remains in another grave by a dump site at the back of the house.
Taiwo confessed that the head was given to one Adeyemi Adedokun a.k.a Baba Agbadu, to keep. Taiwo said his action was based on his discussion with a Muslim cleric, Saheed, who asked him to bring a kolanut which had been put in the mouth of a dead person, promising to use it to make a charm for him.
A herbalist, Adedokun, in whose custody the severed head was allegedly kept, however, denied being given the head, though he admitted that Taiwo brought the head to his house.
Taiwo was a wanted suspect in connection with cases of robbery. He was said to have abandoned his wife and only child, relocating to Oyo from Ibadan immediately he knew there was a manhunt for him.