Two persons were arrested on Sunday night by the officers of the Nigerian Legion, Ado Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun state for attempting to exhume a corpse.
The two culprits Oke Akindele, an herbalist, who lives at 1, Palace road, Agido, Igbogila and Timothy Oniyide, 19, a welder, residing at 3, Olorunsogo street, Igan-Alade in Yewa North local government area of Ogun state.
The third person, Monday Kugbi, who lives at Kafe town in Igan – Alade has fled upon seeing the officer last night, while his pregnant wife, Mary Kugbi, 20, was picked up by the Legion.
The Legion,acted upon a tip off, stormed the Igan – Alade community in Yewa North local government area of the state,where the incident occurred.
Narrating the incident to our correspondent, the Squad Leader of the Nigerian Legion, AOLG, Second Lt. Olorumleke Oluwaseyi disclosed that it took them hours to arrest the culprits while one of them fled away.
“We got the information that some persons were digging a corpse in Igan-Alade area and when we got to the area around 11:00 pm last night, we conducted our investigation and two names were given to us.
“We picked Timothy, who is the principal suspect at their house where the crime was conducted while his friend, Monday ran away upon seeing our men. We have arrested his wife and still in search of him.
"The herbalist, 50, was the man that gave them a soap to bath with inside a dug space on the corpse,” Oluwaseyi explained.
“We left the town for Abeokuta late last night and passed the night at Eleweran in Abeokuta.
“We were directed this morning to go back to Aiyetoro, the jurisdiction where the incident occurred for proper complain, from where the matter will be transferred to the headquarters,” the Legion boss narrated.
Interrogating the culprits this morning at the headquarters of the Nigerian Legion at Oke Ilewo, Abeokuta, it was gathered that Timothy and some of his friends had gone to the herbalist over the weekend to collect another medicine before they were caught.
Speaking with our correspondent, the herbalist, who hails from Igangan, Benin Republic said, “Timothy came to me that he wanted a medicine that will make him to be bold and strong hearted. He came with about six other persons. I don’t know anyone of them except Timothy. I gave them a powder to put into an incision to be made on their chest and back.
“I never gave Timothy or anybody soap to bath with on the corpse. I gave them only powder for incision,” the herbalist explained.
Contradicting the herbalist’s claim, Timothy maintained that the herbalist gave him the soap to bath with inside a dug space on the grave.
“I went to him to give me something that will make me rich and wealthy because my business was no more yielding profit. He gave me the soap and that was about a month ago and on Saturday again, I was there with six other persons and he gave us another powder to rub an incision on our chest and back.
“Other people that went with me to the herbalist are Prophet Adiitu of Celestial church, Ijoun, Baba Bukky (Prophet Omilende), Igbogila and one other Prophet from Cherubim and Seraphim and three of my friends.
As at the time of filling this report, arrangements were in top gear to move the culprits to Aiyetoro Police station as directed by the Police headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta.