A 61-year-old man, identified as Toafeek Hassan, was, on Monday, apprehended while in possession of a fresh human head and other body parts of a lady. Hassan was alleged to have murdered the woman at Ikoga community in Badagry area of Lagos State.
He was on his way to hand over the needed body parts to another “Babalawo” when he was accosted by curious people, as the bag was dripping blood. It was gathered that the deceased, whose identity is yet be ascertained, approached Hassan, a herbalist, for spiritual cleansing.When the residents forcefully took the bag from him, a female head, two wrists and a heart fell off. They raised the alarm, which alerted other residents. But for the prompt intervention of policemen from Area ‘K’ Command, Badagry, Hassan would have been lynched by a mob, who tied his hands, legs and was dragging him on the ground.
While being interrogated before police arrived, Hassan disclosed that it was his second time of killing a client for one Alfa from Sango-Otta for ritual purpose. Hassan said, “She was not my direct client, herbalist, Baba Ronke, brought her to me on Sunday.
“One Alfa from Sango-Otta took her to him. He said that the woman was looking for spiritual solution. “The Alfa from Otta uses human beings for rituals. He deceived the woman to Badagry, saying he was bringing her to a senior colleague, who would perform some cleansing by the river side on her.
“Immediately they dropped the woman by the riverside, they left, with a promise to wait for her at the bus stop. “While she was waiting, I came and did my part of the job. She said she was from Ojodu Berger. I felt pity for her, but I could not help the situation.“I was on my way to deliver the needed parts to the Alfa at Sango-Otta when I was arrested. This is my second time of working for Baba Ronke and Alfa.”
When contacted, Spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, SP Dolapo Badmus said, “The matter is being investigated.” She added that “the police will haunt down other suspects in the crime.” The PPRO warned the general public to desist from seeking solutions to their problems from questionable places and persons.