The police in Ogun state have arrested three friends suspected to be ritualists after a fresh human hand was found in their possession.
A statement released by the spokesperson of the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, states that the three friends, Mathew Idosu, John Feyisetan and Samuel Adegbola, residents of Owode-Yewa, met with a herbalist, Michael Itomu, to seek spiritual means of getting rich quickly. The 40-year-old herbalist informed them the only way out was to get a fresh human hand which will be used for a sacrifice for them.
Getting the fresh human hand proved difficult until Mathew informed his accomplices that he had a friend in Abeokuta who could be of help. They met with the said friend with the promise of giving him N1 million that they did not have.
True to Mathew’s belief, the friend in Abeokuta, together with two other friends, made sure they got the hand and presented it to them, a development that soon caused a fight as Matthew and his accomplices could not redeem the N1 million pledge. The ”fresh hand providers” took Matthew’s accomplices, John and Samuel, to the bush where they beat them blue, black before releasing them.
Suspecting that Matthew might have had a hand in their “punishment,” since he did not get a taste of the beating, the two accomplices took up a fight with him, so much that their secret filtered out to neighbours who alerted policemen attached to Idiroko Division.
Oyeyemi in his statement said the DPO immediately ordered their arrest.
“Upon the information, the DPO, Idiroko Division, CSP Opebiyi Sunday, detailed his detectives, in collaboration with men of the So-Safe Corps, to ambush the suspects, an effort that led to the arrest of the three friends at Owode-Yewa and, eventually, the herbalist in the early hour of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Preliminary investigation revealed that it was Mathew Idosu who contacted a family friend of his in Abeokuta, who provided the hand alongside two others who are now at large. On delivering the hand, they demanded for the agreed one million naira but the money was not readily available, this led to serious scuffle between them and they angrily took away the duo of Samuel Adegbola and John Feyisetan to a bush where they thoroughly beat them before they were released on 17th of may 2020.
It was the action of those who supplied the hand that made the whole secret to be leak, which eventually led to their arrest.
The fresh human hand has been taken to Idiroko General Hospital for preservation” Oyeyemi said
The Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.