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Police apprehend 29-year old kidnapper, killer

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A 29-year-old suspect identified as Lekan Raheem cooling his heels in police custody , has confessed that his gang had killed some children and sold their body parts for ritual purposes.

Following the suspect’s arrest on Friday ,he made the confession after his arrest by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Oyo State Command.

The suspect was handed over to the police at the office of the NIS, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan.

Before being apprehended into police custody for further investigation, he revealed , he and other members of the gang usually enticed innocent children with biscuits and kidnapped them.

The Oyo State NIS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Olufemi Adetunji disclosed that the suspect was arrested following a tip off by some people.

Adetunji said, “The suspect confessed that he was not only involved in duping but also in kidnapping, killing and selling human parts to ritualists”.

The suspected ritualist who lives at Oje area of Ibadan also explained that his gang comprised nine members including two females and seven males.

The suspect disclosed while speaking with the newsmen that he had killed two children, so far, adding that the children body parts were sold to ritualists, after the killings.

The suspect, Raheem said, “We have a Micra car that we use for the operation. We buy biscuits and other things inside the car to entice the children”.

“Anytime we see little children walking alone, we entice them with biscuits and quickly put them inside the car and zoom off.”

“We later kill children that we are able to kidnap and sell their parts to the ritualists.”

Cases of murder were rampant in Akinyele Local Government area of the state where at least five people including four women and one boy were killed.

Though , many others are yet to be brought to book , the police have worked with combined effort of local security to apprehend some of these criminals .

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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