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How Dismembered Body Of Student Was Found In Ogun Shrine

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 12:52 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem  – Abeokuta


Sorrow and tears enveloped Eposo-Akaka community, Isara, in Remo North Local Government, Ogun State on Tuesday when a shrine where dismembered body of a female student of Gateway ICT Polytechnic, identified as Miss Morenikeji Owolabi, were discovered by policemen.

The 21-year old victim who was said to hail from Ekiti State but lived in Isara was said to have been lured to the shrine by a herbalist, Femi Awise, who is currently on the run.

Awise, a native of Isara lives in Jabata area of the town. Meanwhile, five suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the murder, which include one of Awise boys.

The suspects are commercial motorcyclists (okada riders) who conveyed Morenikeji to the shrine. They are Adeyemi Ademolu, an apprentice of Awise, Omolaso Taiwo, Lateef Ali, Akinyemi Dare, and Sokoya Wasiu.

According to Ademolu, while he was conveying the victim to the shrine, she spoke with the said Awise twice on her mobile telephone, giving her direction.

The state commissioner of police, Mr. Valentine Ntomchukwu, who led a team of journalists to the shrine inside a forest, said investigations had commenced to unravel the circumstances that led to Morekeji’s murder and the motive behind it.

The shrine made with worn-out corrugated iron sheets in a cubicle form, contained a lot of scary and weird fetish objects. Similarly, an arm chair, covered with cloth was placed at strategic spot inside the make-shift shrine, flanked by two other plastic chairs. There were also bottles of palm oil and other liquid littering the floor, while knives and plates were also found inside.

The scariest aspect was an iron mesh filled with some cooked flesh of the victim, with putrid odour oozing from it.  Consequently, the decomposing limbs of the victim were dug out of the shallow grave where they were buried some few metres away from the shrine.

However, the victim’s head and other vital parts like breasts, hands, and genital among others were not found. But something that looked like her heart was placed on fire outside.  Femi Awise, the ring leader of the gang was said to have been able to perpetrate his evil deeds under the guise of being an herbalist and a farmer.

During the commissioner of police’s visit to the scene, residents of Isara, Eposo and Ode Remo thronged the shrine, to catch a glimpse of it. The local government chairman, Femi Soyemi, expressed shock at the discovery. “I was shocked because I never expected this kind of horrible and brutal thing exists here.” He said.

The CP said the shrine was discovered through discreet investigations by his men.

“We were able to locate the shrine through a discreet investigation by our men. We were able to track the okada rider that took her to the shrine.I would not know what would make some people to brutally cut down a girl in this manner.

“Five suspects have been arrested and investigation has commenced, we will leave no stone unturned to get the other fleeing suspects.I am appealing to parents that it is not only enough to send their children to school, but they must do follow-up on them.” The victim was declared missing since Saturday June 7. It was those who saw her on the day she was being conveyed to the shrine by the okada rider, who gave out this information, which led to the arrest of the suspects and location of the shrine.

In another development, 40-year-old kidnapper, Emeka Obi, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly kidnapping a 97-year-old Mr. Iposiola Samaiye.

Obi, who’s member of kidnapping syndicate operating in Ijebu axis, said his accomplice, Prince, had gone into hiding.

Ntomchukwu said Obi and members of his gang had kidnapped Pa Samaiye from his home in Ijebu-Isire last Thursday, and had demanded for a ransom, but they were tracked by the policemen inside the forest, where they held the victim in captive.

“They held the 97-year-old man inside the bush without food for four days. But our men though were tracking them and between 3a.m and 5a.m this morning (Tuesday) we were able to arrest them and set the old man free.”

Pa Samaiye is currently receiving medical attention at a private hospital in Ijebu Ode.

His son, Obafemi, who spoke to journalists at the hospital said the kidnappers had demanded for N20m ransom, which was negotiated to N1m.

His words: “The kidnappers first demanded for N20m, later it was negotiated to N10m and later N1m. But we did not pay any ransom before my father was released by the policemen.”

Ntomchukwu, however, warned kidnappers, cultists and other criminal minded individuals to flee the state stressing “we will smoke them out wherever they are and made to face the full wrath of the law.”