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    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 area.

    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

    ritual purposes.

    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

    the alarm.

    ?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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