Four grave diggers have been arrested for being in possession of five fresh human heads in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The Street Journal learnt that the gravediggers who work at a public cemetery owned by Akure South Local Government, sell the severed heads to ritualists for money-making.
The suspects were reportedly caught in the act while trying to severe the head of a newly buried corpse and were apprehended over the weekend for being in possession of a female and four other fresh severed heads.
The gravediggers who are currently in police custody were identified as Adewale Abiodun, 40; Akinola Sunday, 69, Olomofe, 45 and Oluwadare Idowu 67.
According to reports, the syndicate were caught on Saturday, May 23 as they tried to exhume the corpse of a young tipper driver who was buried at the cemetery a few hours earlier by the family members.
An eyewitness said:
“As they were trying to exhume the corpse, some family members of the deceased came back to the cemetery with some bricklayers to cement the grave and caught them in the act.
“lt was when we caught them in the act which led to their beating that we discovered that they were in possession of a female human head and four other fresh severed heads.
“We immediately contacted men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) who came to pick them up.”
The State Police Command Spokesperson, Tee-Leo Ikoro said that an investigation into the matter has been launched and assured that other members of the syndicate would soon be unravelled.
According to Ikoro:
“The ongoing investigation will reveal everything, particularly other members of the gang.
“From what we have found out, it shows that it’s not their first time. It’s something they have been doing, it’s a routine thing.
“Like we always hear, very many days for the thief, one day for the owner. I think this time, their cup is full,”