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Boy, 16, Arrested Over Ritual Murder

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 6:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Andrew Utulu – LAGOS


Police in Lagos have arrested a 16 year-old boy, Tajudeen Azeez, for allegedly killing a four year-old boy for ritual purpose.

Azeez was arrested by policemen from Ijanikin Police Station and transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Yaba for discreet investigation.

The suspect was alleged to have lured the deceased to the back of Anglican Primary School, Ijanikin where he killed him.

It was learnt that the suspect had allegedly removed the deceased intestine and kidney before he was arrested.

He was said to have confessed in his statement to the police that a man simply identified as Osho, promised to give him the sum of N50, 000 if he could get vital human organs.

“I live with my parents along Moshalashi Street, Ijanikin. The deceased is my neighbour’s son. His name is Ibrahim Hassan Jamiu. Sometime last month Osho promised to give me N50, 000 if I could help get fresh human parts.

“At first, I did not want to succumb to the temptation but it kept coming. When I woke up this morning I saw Ibrahim at the back of the house. I told him to escort me to Anglican Primary school Ijanikin.

“He followed me to the place. On arrival I stabbed him with a knife from behind. He fell down. I strangled him with a rope. I then cut his stomach with the knife. I am sorry for what I did” he said.

The Acting Lagos Police Relations Officer (PPRO), Patricia Amadin, who confirmed the incident, said that the deceased had since been transferred to the homicide section of SCID, while the deceased’s body had been deposited at government mortuary. Amadin, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said that the suspect was arrested based on a tip off.

She said; “The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ijanikin Police Station got information about the activity of a boy seen behind a public primary school.

“Based on the strength of the information, the DPO and his men raced to the place. On arrival they found the lifeless body of a four year old boy while the suspect was soaked in the deceased blood.

“From close observation it was discovered that some vital organs such as Kidney and intestine had been removed from the deceased. All the organs were kept in a black nylon bag” she added.

The Police Image Maker further revealed that the suspect was promptly arrested and taken to the station.

“During interrogation, the suspect told the police that he was actually sent by a man whom he identified simply as Osho. Effort is on to arrest the fleeing Osho” she added.