- Posted May 17, 2014 by
Young man met his Waterloo while digging grave to steal skull. ( warning: Viewers Discretion is Advice )
DESPITE the increase in cases of jungle justice being meted
out to suspected kidnappers and ritualises lately, most
especially in Oyo, Ogun, Osun and other states, some
desperate ritualists are still not deterred by these horrible
deaths, as an unidentified young man in Ilobu community, in
the Irepodun Local Government Area of Osun State, met his
Waterloo in the early hours of Wednesday while attempting
to cut off the head of a corpse, buried in Tonto compound in
The suspect?s accomplices fled in terror after seeing half
his body get stuck mysteriously in the grave. His death has
generated concern among the terrified residents of the Ilobu
Saturday Tribune gathered that the victim and his partners
in crime allegedly came to Tonto compound in the early
hours of Wednesday with a plot to exhume the corpse of an
aged woman and sever her decomposed head, allegedly for
A credible source in the community, who did not want to be
named, told Saturday Tribune that ?this particular corpse
was buried five years ago and the suspected ritualist
attended the burial in Ilobu.?
He explained: ?There are indications that he did not dig the
grave alone. What we discovered is that he may have been
attempting to cut off the head of the corpse when
something suddenly hooked him as he managed to force
half of his body into the grave to cut off the head.
?He got hooked and died on the spot, a development which
possibly compelled other ritualists to run away from the
scene so that they may not be affected by the mysterious
thing that killed (their colleague).?
While commenting on how the residents of Ilobu got to
know about the incident, since it happened in the wee
hours, the source said a woman who was hawking ogi (a
local corn meal) early in the morning of Wednesday spotted
the torso of the suspect sticking out of the grave and raised
?His corpse was discovered around 6.30am and his head
was covered in mud. The residents here alerted the police
division in Ilobu and they later came to evacuate the body
and put it in their van before taking him away,? he said.
Saturday Tribune was informed that the remains of the
suspected ritualist were subsequently taken to and
deposited at the mortuary of the Ladoke Akintola University
Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, the state capital.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police in Osun State,
Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, said he was aware of the incident,
and that the police would conduct investigation to
determine what led to the suspect?s death.
He said the police could not confirm that the suspect was a
ritualist because of the circumstances surrounding the
discovery of his corpse at a grave in Ilobu; that they would
have to investigate the matter before giving any concrete
information on the incident.
A few weeks ago, no fewer than four suspected kidnappers
were burnt to death in Osogbo and Ikire after they were
accused of kidnapping. Worried by the development,
Maishanu, on Tuesday after the state security council
meeting in the Government House, said ?the act of (meting
out) jungle justice to suspects is barbaric, uncivilised and
unacceptable. The security agencies will not fold their arms
and watch our society descend into anarchy.
?By this, , any person or group of persons that constitutes a
mob, takes laws into their hands and lynches any suspect
is not morally or legally better than the suspects. Such
person or group of persons will be caught and made to face
murder charges, which is punishable by death.?
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