A supposed man of God has been arrested following the discovery of human parts buried inside his church in Ogun State.
Punch reports that Prophet Babatunde, the founder of Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Itedo Isinmi Ayo Parish, located on Egan Road, in the Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota, in the Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state was arrested alongside three of his accomplices, following the discovery.
While parading the 77-year-old Babatunde in his church, the State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said the startling discovery followed the arrest of a suspected serial kidnapper, Jeremiah Adeola, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, with his confession leading to the arrest of the Prophet.
CP Ilyasu said the suspected kidnapper specialized in kidnapping children and had confessed that Babatunde was the receiver of the abducted kids.
He further explained that another suspect, Haruna Afolabi who is an herbalist, was among the suspects who allegedly buried the human parts at the entrance of the church.
The nefarious activities of the Prophet and his accomplices were brought to the open when operatives attached to the Ota Area Command received an intelligence report about Adeola and eventually apprehended him.
“On the strength of the intelligence, detectives from the Ota Area Command were detailed to effect the arrest of the suspect. At about 10.20 am on the date, their efforts paid off when the said Jeremiah Adeola was arrested.
On interrogation, he confessed to being a serial kidnapper and mentioned the name of the prophet as the receiver of the kidnapped children.
Upon his revelation, he was taken to the church of the said prophet at Iyana-Iyesi Ota, where 77-year-old Samuel Babatunde, the man in charge of the church, and one Haruna Afolabi, a 42-year-old traditional worshipper, were arrested.
The floor of the church was dug as described by the first suspect, and suspected human parts were brought out,” CP Iliyasu said.
He added that all those found culpable would be brought to book, warning criminals to steer clear of the state.
However, Prophet Babatunde debunked the allegations leveled against him, saying he did not bury a human being in his church but confessed that he had buried a pig alive inside the church, 'to bring good fortune, prosperity, and comfort to the congregation of the church.'
He said though he met Adeola at a prayer mountain in Ibadan, Oyo State, he never contracted him for human parts, claiming that the alleged serial kidnapper had a mental problem.
But Adeola insisted that the prophet was the receiver of some kidnapped children, arguing that the cleric paid him N50,000 for each of the two children he supplied to him recently.