A young man popularly known as Alfa and his accomplices have been arrested after one of them dug into a man’s grave to steal his head for money ritual purposes.
Samson, who got the name Alfa after he completed his Islamic studies, came up with the idea after he was handed a book where a late herbalist wrote down the tricks of his trade.
Waidi Soremi, 25, of 7, Aboaba Street, Itori-Oke in the Ewekoro Local Government Council Area of Ogun State, is the son of the late herbalist. He found his father’s account book after his death and handed it over to Samson, aka Alfa.
Samson Erinle, 25, went through the late herbalist’s book and took special interest on the aspect of money-making ritual he found in the book.
In January, one Taiwo Mesioye, who hailed from the same neighbourhood with them, died and was brought home for burial. Waidi, Samson, and Samson’s cousin, named Taiwo Erinle, 23, all attended the funeral.
After the funeral, armed with the knowledge he got from the herbalist’s book handed to him, Alfa called Waidi and Erinle and told them that it was time for them to wriggle themselves out of poverty. He said that to do that, they will have to get the head of the man who had just been buried.
Waidi narrated, according to Crime Puzzle: “It was during the funeral that Alfa disclosed to me that he got something very useful for us from the account book that would change our fortune for good. He said, with a human head, our condition would be better off. At that instance, we all agreed to look for a way to dig the deceased grave and make use of the head.”
On January 20, 2020, 9 days after the burial, Waidi singlehandedly raided the grave of Mesioye. He dug out the corpse, severed the head, then closed the grave back. He said the operation took him 3 hours.
He said: “I commenced the operation at about 12:00am to 3:00am”.
Waidi took the severed head and hid it in the town masquerade shrine, which was opened by Taiwo Erinle, whose father is the custodian of the said shrine.
However, when morning came, the late Mesioye’s younger brother noticed that his brother’s grave had been tampered with. He then lodged a complaint with the traditional ruler of the town, who alerted security operatives.
The three suspects, it was gathered, fled the community and went into hiding, but were fished out by the police detectives, Crime Puzzle reports.
In their confessional statements to the police, they all conceded to have planned the desecration of the corpse and narrated the roles they all played.
However, Samson and Taiwo said that Waidi did not inform them that he was embarking on the operation that day, an allegation Waidi did not deny.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu has said that the suspects will be charged to court on completion of the investigation.