The Oyo state police have arrested two men identified as Aliu Mubarak and Adewale Abiodun in connection with the shooting, dismemberment and auction of decapitated N1000 police chiefs.
After one Oladipupo Ifakorede admitted to buying the heads from the pair for ceremonial money purpose, the suspects were captured.
The two police officers, named as Ajibola Adegoke and Rotimi Oladele, were among the police officers killed by alleged hoodlums in the wake of the EndSARS demonstrations. While the police were set ablaze after they were killed on Thursday 22 October, Operation Burst, the special security team set up by the Oyo State Government, rescued a third member of the squad, Inspector Ojo.
In connection with the incident, five people were arrested. Kemi Adeyemo and Saheed Oyedepo had earlier been detained by the police and both were transferred to Abuja for further investigation.
Ifakorede said, recounting how he got the heads from Mubarak and Abiodun;
No, they (the police) have not asked me to say that. I want to use them to make money for ritual preparation. It’s for me alone. They (other suspects) didn’t let me know where the two heads had been spotted, either.
“No No. I didn’t question them if they could see them, too.”
Abiodun, confessing to the sale of the heads, said that they saw the two heads “while coming from the Egbeda area of Ibadan.”
I was at home on the day of the incident, but I did not go to work. I was at home and it was my brother who called me. He said we need to go to Alabata.
“When we got to the area, we noticed that it was blocked everywhere. It had been abandoned. But when we got to the place, this brother said that we were supposed to hold our heads, but I said no.
I advised him not to bring them, but to take them with us. And we’ve been introducing them to this Baba. They were still burned as we carried them.
Oyo Police Commissioner Mr Enwonwu, who announced that five people had been arrested in connection with the killings, said the suspects who had been paraded before newsmen sold the two N1000 heads.
A discreet investigation later resulted in the arrest of two other suspects who named themselves as Aliu Mubarak ‘M’ and Adewale Abiodun’ M ‘who admitted that for the amount of just One thousand naira (N1,000.00) they took away the heads of the two policemen who they later sold to a herbalist for ceremonial purposes.
The herbalist who later named himself as Oladipupo Ifakorede was arrested and retrieved from him the two heads of the policemen he had already dissolved, and he admitted to the murder.
Efforts to apprehend other escaping criminals are under way. Suspects: Aliu Mubarak ‘M’, 24 years old, Adewale Abiodun’ M ‘, 17 years old, Oladipupo Ifakorede’ M’, 45 years old. Exhibits Two Heads Disassembled.