Suspected ritualists exhume corpse hours after burial in Ibadan, remove head and other vital organs

According to reports, the deceased died on Thursday and was buried on Friday, May 20, in accordance with Islamic customs.

According to Sheik Taofeek Akeugbagold, a famous Ibadan-based Islamic cleric who posted video from the scene, the body was retrieved from the cemetery five hours after burial.

The deceased’s brother, Taofeek Adebayo, told Punch that his brother was hit by a car while riding a tricycle and was rushed to the hospital, where he died three days later.

“On Saturday morning, an older brother called my wife’s phone. He told me some people had removed Waheed’s head. I rushed down there and discovered that they also removed his hand and intestines. Three houses surround the grave and everyone said they didn’t know anything about it,” he narrated. 

According to another resident, Seun Aribikola, the grave was between two buildings with an old grave beside it. He said the incident was later reported to the police.

“When the police got there, they noticed that his head, right hand wrist, and intestines had been taken away,” he added.

It was further gathered that there was an uncompleted building beside the grave occupied by one Alfa.

“When I entered that uncompleted building, I saw an Ogun shrine, where they poured oil on an iron sculpture.”

The Alfa identified as Rosheed, claimed he worked in the uncompleted building as an herbalist and a tailor.

“I make traditional herbs to cure illnesses. I live in the third house and use this place as a workshop. I am the only one using this place.

He noted that he left the workshop (the uncompleted building) around 8pm on Friday and had no knowledge of what happened to the corpse.

Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Adewale Osifeso, who confirmed the incident, said the case “is under investigation and updates will be provided accordingly.”

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