An arrested ritual suspect says he wanted to use human head to make rituals for money.
Alabi whose luck ran out after an informant leaked his activities to the police, was arrested at Igbogila village in Ogun State by the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), of Lagos Police Command.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the arrest and said the police got the information from a trafficking informant and the state Police Commissioner, Kayode Aderanti gave the command a very strong mandate to make sure the culprit was arrested.
"Based on information available to SARS, when we got there, we arrested Rasheed Alabi. It was on December 14, 2014. He was arrested with one human head, it was at about 11:00 hrs."
Confessing to his crimes, 38-year-old Alabi who hails from Igbogila in Yewa North local government area of Ogun State, spoke at the SARS premises while being paraded:
"I live in Oke-Odan Compound. I’m married. I have three children. I’m a farmer. I was arrested by the SARS because of the load I carried. The load is human being head. The dead person that I carry the head is a person I know very well. He is a Hausa man. He is a business man. He died in January, 2014. He was buried in my junior brother’s farm. He was buried there for the reason which l do not know. The late Aboki buys and sells motorcycles that were not good.
After the burial, I asked one Muiz if they can remove the buried corpse and remove the head and sell, he said no. As time went on, Muiz said that buyers could be found. Before then I have dug out and removed the head of the late man. I had plan to sell the head for N15, 000. This is my first time."
Alabi later changed his story and confessed that he actually wanted to use the skull for money making ritual for him to get rich.
"The truth is that I wanted to use the head to do money ritual. I did not see anybody to help me use the head for ritual. I removed the head because one small boy bought the land and I feel that he uses human being for ritual.
I did not remove that head because of the man who bought the land but to help myself. It is to help myself to get money. I was expecting to get like N500, 000 from it so that I can buy tricycle.
The herbalist did not tell me so but my spirit told me it will work. Not the Babalawo that told me. The Babalawo is my brother and is a boy. Now that I have failed, I have accepted my fate, anything that happens to me, I have accepted it.
I did not kill the man. I don't know anything about how he died or the accusation that I killed him. The man is known as Baje Baje Akao. He is a Hausa man. I have not killed anybody before."