Narrating how the law caught up with the suspects, Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said the breakthrough was made by the special anti-kidnapping squad of the Command after receiving intelligence report on the activities of the suspects.
Police further stated that the suspects had succeeded in giving their victims erroneous impression that they could make them rich through rituals.
The suspect told Vanguard: “I am a herbalist and I do fortune charms for people. I am not the one that usually sells human parts. I buy from some people. This is my first time of engaging in this kind of business. I usually buy the human skull for N10,000 and sell it for N25,000 for those that come for fortune charms.”
When police searched his house, they alleged that one smoked human skull was recovered. They further explained that the suspect used coded words for different human parts.
Oladele said the words can only be decoded by their initiates, adding that “a human head that sells for N30,000 is called agbon (coconut).”
He also disclosed that their trade was carried out in their human abattoirs located at Amuloko and Kuta villages in Oyo and Osun states, respectively.
Also paraded was one Seun Ogunbamijo, who claimed to be a graduate of one of the polytechnics in the South-West.
According to the police, they laid siege to some of the first generation banks in Ibadan, monitor bank customers who withdraw large sums of money and rob them.
The police boss, Oyebade, said: “However, luck ran out of them after the anti-bank robbery operatives of the Command were drafted to the scene and they were arrested.”
Some of the items allegedly recovered from the gang include two locally-made pistols, one cut-to-size single-barrelled gun, 10 live cartridges, one Toyota 4-runner with number plates ABC 624 AH, and a Toyota Carina with number plates KS 599 AAA.