The Oyo State Police Command on Thursday paraded an Islamic cleric (Alfa), a pastor, and two others, who were allegedly caught with suspected human parts in the Ayegun area of Ibadan.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, said Alfa, Sulaiman Hamed, 35, participated in the Fidau prayers for a dead man but later contracted two men to exhume the corpse because he needed the body parts for money ritual.
The two accomplices – Olapade Saheed, 32, and Olatunji Abiodun, 26 – were later caught with the deceased’s head and other body parts, leading to the arrest of Hamed and Tope Akinyele, 45, who claimed to be the pastor of a church in Ojagbo, in the Oranyan area of Ibadan.
Hamed said he usually paid N2,500 for human flesh which he used in making money charm for his clients.
In his statement, Saheed said Alfa paid them N1,500 to do the job and that he took them to the grave of the deceased.
Odude said the police would continue to rid the state of criminals, noting that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the investigation.