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Amotekun arrests two suspected ritualist with human skulls in Oyo

By Moyosore Salami, Ibadan
17 September 2022   |   4:02 am
Oyo State Command of Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun, yesterday, arrested two suspects in possession of human skulls in Oyo town.

Oyo State Command of Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun, yesterday, arrested two suspects in possession of human skulls in Oyo town.

The suspects identified as Ganiyu Maruf, an indigene of Laguna family and his accomplice, Alfa Basiru Bashit, of Abu Compound, both in Oyo, were almost being lynched by residents of Ori-awo Yidi area for bearing human skulls, and later were arrested by men of the Amotekun Corps.

One of the suspects, Maruf, a bricklayer said one Dauda ‘Baba Ato,’ a carpenter had supplied them with the skulls.

Maruf disclosed that not long after Dauda supplied them the skulls, he was arrested again by operatives of SARS, but was later released some weeks later after confessing to the crimes.

According to his confession, he had escaped from the village but returned about two months later when he heard Baba Ato had been released.

However, Baba Ato reportedly died in the night of his release.

He said while he kept watching over were they hid the skulls, unknowingly to him, residents of Ori-Awo area where he resides, had been watching him patrolling the spot where he buried the skulls and reportedly attacked him and his accomplice while they were on their way to Yidi.

Meanwhile, Bashit, his accomplice also confessed to have contributed N15, 000 to the money to get the skulls from Baba Ato, who is related to Maruf’s family.

When asked who was going to perform the money rituals for them, Maruf said he has the knowledge of rituals from his maternal grandfather and was going to try doing it for himself first.

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