Lagos Man Attempts Killing Mother For Money Ritual |The Republican News

                             Taiwo Akinola. Photo: Police

Deji Lambo


The police in Lagos State have arrested a suspected cult member, Taiwo Akinola, for allegedly attempting to kill his mother, Alice Akinola, for money ritual.

Operatives of the command reportedly arrested the suspect on Raji Ajanaku Street, Alaja Road, Ayobo, Lagos, where the incident happened.

It was gathered that around 8.30am on Sunday, the 29-year-old battered his mother after he called her to meet him inside the house for a discussion.

The police, in a statement on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said in order to carry out his plan, Taiwo sent his 14-year-old nephew, Faruk, to get him a white handkerchief and a cigarette.

He added that as soon as the victim (Alice) entered the house, the suspect attacked her, hitting her on the head with a plank, a pressing iron and a USB charger.

Oti also said Faruk raised the alarm upon seeing his grandmother in a pool of blood, adding that officers from the Ayobo Police Station were mobilised to the scene to arrest the suspect.

He added that the victim (Alice) was rushed to a hospital where doctors were still battling to save her life.

The PPRO said, “When Faruk returned from the errand, he did not see his grandmother in the shop; so he went into the house only to see the poor woman in a pool of blood. Shocked by what he saw, the small boy raised the alarm which attracted neighbours to the scene.

“They called the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ayobo Division who arrested the suspect and secured the scene for further investigation by the police forensic experts attached to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

“The victim was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment and is hanging to life. Right now, the doctors are battling to revive Mrs Alice Akinola who is unconscious. Meanwhile, the CP has paid the initial hospital cost which enabled the doctors to commence treatment.”

Oti said the suspect, during interrogation, said he was asked to kill his mother in order to have more money.

He noted that when the suspect’s room was searched, the police recovered two calabashes, with one containing a skull; a mixture of dark concoction; a plank perforated with nails and stained with blood; a pressing iron stained with blood; a white handkerchief with which he allegedly wanted to scoop the victim’s blood; a bottle containing oil and labelled ‘Back To Sender.’  (Punch)

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My Abductors Butchered Their Victims For Rituals – Rescued Woman |RN


Rescued victim: Precious


Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt


A woman, who was rescued by men of the Rivers State Police Command on Sunday, August 12, 2018, has narrated how she escaped from a group of ritual killers, who shot and killed one of their victims for ritual purpose.

The woman, who identified herself simply as Precious, said though she initially thought that she was abducted by kidnappers, it was when they killed the lady and made a call that she knew that they were ritual killers.

Precious, who spoke with newsmen at the state police command in Port Harcourt, said she saw many persons, who were abducted earlier, including children, adding that all of the victims begged for mercy to no avail.

She disclosed that after killing the lady, the kidnappers put a call across to a person they described as Alhaji and told him that some of the parts were ready.

“There was confusion among them when they noticed that some security agents were trailing them inside the forest. They (ritual killers) had earlier told us that they sell human parts and not just kidnappers and I noticed it.

“I saw the other lady that was with us being shot and they started butchering her body while some were calling one Alhaji on the phone, telling him that some parts were ready.

“It was the police raid in some of their camps that made the kidnappers be afraid. The kidnappers, out of fear, took us to another place and in the process, they started arguing and fighting one another. That was how I managed to escape,” Precious, who was still frightened from the experience, narrated.

On how she got into the ritual killers’ vehicle, she narrated, “I was returning from a church service and after the service, I moved to attend a child dedication at Chokocho. So, I walked to Igwuruta Junction in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State to board a bus, which would take me there.

“When a bus came that afternoon, I looked carefully and saw four women and three men already in the bus before I joined, thinking that it was an ordinary bus.

“Immediately, we passed a police checkpoint, the driver parked the bus by one side of the road and they ordered everybody to alight from the bus. They blindfolded us and the next thing I realised was seeing myself and others in the forest.”

She said her captors kept moving her and the others from one place to another in the forest when they noticed that the police anti-kidnapping unit had begun to raid the forest.

Precious urged the police to raid the forest where she escaped being killed by the ritual killers, saying that many victims, including children, who were kidnapped by the hoodlums, might still be in the bush.  (Punch)

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I Slept With My Girlfriend’s Corpse For 6 Days, Says Suspected Killer Of Ex-Deputy Gov’s Daughter


Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

Suspected killer of Khadijat Adenike, daughter of former deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, Adeyemi Alao, has confessed that he slept with the corpse of khadijat for six days in his room.

Alao, who claimed to be Khadijat’s boyfriend of over five years, said he had no intention of killing his late girlfriend when he invited her to his residence at Oke-Aro area of Akure until he met her making love with another person in his room.

The suspected killer, who was paraded yesterday at the state police headquarters in Akure, confessed that he dug a grave inside his room in an attempt to bury Khadijat before he was arrested by the police.
Alao was arrested on Sunday, following the discovery of the corpse of Khadijat, a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, in his house by the police.

The deceased had earlier been declared missing by her parent when she could not be found by her friends in school and the parent, also, could not find her at home.

The suspect, while being interrogated, confirmed the killing of the deceased, but denied responsibility for her death, saying he met her dead inside his room.

He said the late Khadijat was notorious for sex and could have sexual intercourse with any individual not minding the status or age of the fellow.

“She called me that she was in Lagos and I asked what she was doing in Lagos.  She said she was there to perfect the project she was writing. She told me she would come to visit me after leaving Lagos and she came, but, the following day she went out and returned with two boys who she claimed were his brothers.

“I went out one day and when I returned, I saw one of the boys she called her friend making love with her. I was furious and I beat her to a pulp. The boy escaped because he threatened to shoot me with a gun in his hand,” he added.

Alao, who denied rumours that he killed Khadijat for ritual purpose, confessed that he made arrangements to bury her inside the room, having dug a grave but was eventually caught.

Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, said the suspected killer would face the full wrath of the law.

He said the suspect will soon be prosecuted and added that the accomplices of Alao would be arrested and also prosecuted.  (The Sun)

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Man Set Ablaze, As Another Ritualists’ Den Is Discovered In Lagos |RN

… Over 100 syringes, telephones, ATM cards,  recovered

By Christopher Oji

One person was set ablaze and two others rescued by the Police in another suspected ritualists’ den discovered at the Challenge area of Mushin, Lagos.

Recovered from the suspects were two expensive phones, four Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards and about I00 syringes, with some filled with a substance believed to be blood.

A witness, Sunday Ogunjobi, said that one of the suspects was sighted dragging a female victim into a tunnel at Challenge bus stop and some people raised the alarm.

It was gathered that the victim was rescued while the suspect who dressed like a mad woman was arrested.

He said: “We observed that the suspect’s shirt was stained with blood and when he could not provide satisfactory answers to question on where he was taking the victim to and where he got the ATM and syringes, the mob descended on him and lynched him.

“He attempted to run into the tunnel which was later discovered to be the gang’s den but was caught and he confessed that other members of his gang were still inside the tunnel.
During a search of the tunnel, over 100 syringes with some stained with blood were re
covered. We have been seeing one of them around this vicinity for a while. We thought she was a mad woman. But what baffles us is that she will disappear for a while and reappear again. Before we knew it, two others had joined her.

At some time, they would be up to five lunatics sitting at the edge of the tunnel. It was not until today that we discovered that the mad woman was not mad at all and that she is not a woman as we thought. When we started beating the suspect, we discovered he was a man, not a woman.
A member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Wasiu said when they entered the den, it was discovered that the tunnel links other parts of Lagos. It is like another world of its own.  (The Sun)

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Police Officer Dismissed, Docked Over Ritualist’s Escape |The Republican News


Ritualist paraded with corpse of 8-year-old girl he killed for ritual

From Chris Anucha & Tony John, Port  Harcourt

The police officer, Inspector Johnbosco Okoroeze, who allegedly aided the escape of a ritualist, Ifeanyichukwu Dike, 23,  who is said to have killed eight-years-old Victory Chikamso in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been dismissed by the Nigeria Police.

This was disclosed in Port Harcourt yesterday by the State Police Commissioner, Mr Zaki Ahmed.

According to the police boss, Okoroeze, who was the Investing Police Officer (IPO) in charge of the ritual murder case, was dismissed by the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Besides his dismissal, Okoroeze was also arraigned at the Chief  Magistrate’s Court in Port Harcourt yesterday on a two-count charge of aiding the escape of the ritualist and assisting the murder suspect to pervert justice.

The Police Commissioner disclosed that Dike’s accomplice in the crime has also been arrested by the police.

Ahmed, who could not disclose the identity of the second suspect, explained that the prime suspect mentioned his name, as the client who hired him (Dike) to procure human parts for money rituals.

“During interrogation, Dike linked him to the murder of the eight years old girl,” he said.

Also, the River State Police Command has promised to give a cash reward of N1 million to anyone who could give the police useful information that would lead to the arrest of Dike.

Meanwhile, a Chief Magistrate’s  Court in Port Harcourt has ordered that the former policeman to be remanded remand in prison.

Okoroeze, 34 wept profusely as he was brought to the court in handcuffs in a bus with number plate FG  128 F50. 

Count one of the charge against him reads: “That you Johnbosco, on the 19th of August, 2017, at about 2030 hours at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Port Harcourt, in the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, did assist one Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike, who is to your knowledge guilty of the offence of murder of one Chikamso Mezuwuba, aged eight years, for rituals, to escape when he was to be detained for prosecution and, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 322 of  the Criminal Code Cap 37 Vol.II Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

The second charge stated: “That you, Johnbosco Okoroeze, on the same date and place in the aforesaid magisterial district, did conspire with a suspect, Ifeanyi Maxwell Dike, and allowed him to escape from prosecution  to prevent and defeat the course of justice and, thereby, committed an offence punishable under Section 126 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol.II, Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.”

However, when the case came up for mention, the charges against him were not read and the plea was not taken as the first count was a capital offence, which attracts, at least, life imprisonment.

Chief Magistrate Sokari Andrew-Jaja, said the accused was facing charges for assisting a suspect to escape from custody and committed an offence,  which, on conviction, attracts life imprisonment.

Andrew-Jaja also said the former Inspector was accused of perverting justice, stressing that any person found guilty of the offence would serve seven years in prison.

The chief magistrate, however,  declined to listen and determine the first count due to lack of jurisdiction. But he said he had the legal standing to entertain and determine the second charge.

He, therefore,  told the court registrar to remit the case file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for legal advice and urged the counsel in the matter to file their addresses on whether bail should be granted to the suspect or not.

He adjourned the case till September 14, 2017, for the adoption of bail application and the DPPs’ legal report.

The suspect now at large had allegedly defiled, killed and mutilated vital parts of Chikamso Mezuwuba.

Dike was arrested at about 1:30 am on Saturday, August 19, 2017,  by a vigilance group in Eliozu area of Port Harcourt,  while on his way to dispose of the remains of the victim.

After the suspect was paraded at the SCIID  the same Saturday and statements obtained from him, he escaped from police custody and has since not been re-arrested.  (The Sun)

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Man Who Killed 8-year-old Girl Escapes From Police Custody Due To Power Outage


Chukwudi Akasike,  Port Harcourt

THERE was confusion in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday when members of the public learnt that Ifeanyi Dike, the man who allegedly raped, killed and removed vital organs of an eight-year-old girl, Victory Chikamso, had escaped from the police custody.

The father of the victim, Dr Ernest Nmezuwuba, who was at the State Criminal Investigation Department when the suspected murderer and ritual killer escaped from police custody, said Dike took advantage of the darkness within the SCID’s premises to escape.

Nmezuwuba, who spoke during a Port Harcourt-based radio’s programme, added that the suspect was able to escape because one of the policemen on duty on Saturday night identified as Johnbosco had unlocked the handcuffs for Dike to write his statement.

The father of the deceased explained that Johnbosco did not handcuff the suspect after he (Dike) finished writing his statement, adding that the suspect fled while he was about to be taken into the cell.

Nmezuwuba said, “We were there with the suspect in handcuffs. When we got to the state CID, there was no light in the entire State CID. I wrote my statement with a candle; imagine a whole state CID (without light). Then Johnbosco removed the handcuffs from the suspect’s hands for him (suspect) to write his statement.

“At a point, the boy (Dike) said he was thirsty and Johnbosco said I should buy pure water for him and I asked him (‘John; are you crazy? Is something wrong with you? Why would you ask me to buy water for a person that killed my daughter? Why would I buy water for a ritualist?’ And I told Johnbosco that it was none of my business.

“Some policemen were at the gate with guns while we were at the charge room writing statement. After we finished writing our statements, Johnbosco called the IPO to go and put the suspect in the cell. The suspect was not handcuffed at that time.

“They did not walk up to a pole when I heard hold amhold am; he has escaped. Whether he jumped the fence or not, I cannot say because the entire place was dark; it was between 7.30 and 8 pm (Saturday night). I now told Johnbosco that you know what you are doing.

“They (policemen) came out with torchlight and checked under the cars parked there. Then I saw the DCP, I mean the Deputy Commissioner of Police and he said; what nonsense is this? He then asked after Johnbosco and he was told he (John Bosco) was inside. The DCP then said that they should handcuff both his hands and legs.”

Nmezuwuba expressed disappointment in the police, accusing them of playing a game with a heinous crime against humanity, even as he vowed that he would never allow it to be swept under the carpet.

He said, “My brother, I cannot understand this country; this must be a planned game and I must fight it to the end. They have to provide that suspect. The Rivers State Police must provide him while Johnbosco should remain in detention.

“This incident has proven the kind of country we are living. What is going to happen in this particular matter; honestly speaking, heaven will hear it. The whole world will hear it.”

On his relationship with Dike, he said, “The boy (suspect) is related to me; we are from the same village. He killed my daughter inside his room. Ifeanyi Dike’s landlord is my in-law and also his own in-law. The landlord was arrested and the same day, they released him (landlord).  The name of the landlord is Pius Nwoko.”

Dike, who had allegedly defiled, killed and removed the vital organs of eight-year-old Chikamso, was caught by a local vigilante, who immediately handed him over to the police on Saturday.

However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Zaki Ahmed, who was visibly sad and angry over the development, explained that the suspect escaped under the cover of the night and promised that the police would soon arrest him.

Describing the incident as an individual negligence, Ahmed stressed that the police had deployed human and material resources towards ensuring that the suspect was apprehended.

The CP said, “What I am saying is that it was an individual negligence that caused it. The escape happened in the presence of the complainant; that is the parent of the girl. The boy (suspect) escaped under the cover of the night.

“But we are making every effort, every move and by the grace of the Almighty God, within a short time, he will be arrested. We are not relenting. We know that this is a serious problem; it can happen to anybody.

“We are not relenting and by the grace of God, we will get him arrested. It is too bad it happened, but it is one of those things. Sometimes, things can happen this way.

“We have moved a lot of resources; both human and material resources, to ensure that the culprit is arrested. We call on the people to confide in us if they have any useful information. I will act on it.”  (

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Police Nab Ritualist, Recover Body Of 8-year-old Daughter Of Neighbour |RN


From: Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Police Command yesterday, took custody of a 23-year-old man, Ifeanyichukwu Maxwell Dike, who was arrested by members of a vigilance group in the Eliozu area in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, while he was on the way to dispose the body of his neighbour’s daughter after using other parts of her body for ritual.

Sunday Sun gathered that the suspect abducted the eight-year-old victim, Victory Chikamso on Friday, raped, killed and removed some parts of her body for a ritual. When he was arrested by the vigilance group, he was carrying the remains of the corpse in a bag.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, told newsmen that the suspect who was residing at Messiah Street, Eliozu, Port Harcourt was arrested by men of the Okporo Police Station.

He said that Dike abducted the little girl, who lived with her parents at the same address on Friday.

“The little girl was abducted, defiled and killed, while her vagina, eyes, tongue and breast were removed and put in a polythene bag.

“The suspect was going to dispose of the body when he was arrested by members of a local vigilance group that suspected his movement. On being questioned, the suspect dropped the bag and took to his heels.

“Consequently, the vigilantes gave the suspect a hot chase and apprehended him. On further interrogation by the Police, he confessed and took the Police to where the vital organs were concealed,” Omoni said.

He, however, disclosed that the body and the organs of the victim had been recovered and deposited in the mortuary, while the suspect was helping the Police in the investigation. 

In a related development, operatives from the Azikiwe Police Station on stop-and-search duty at the Eagle Island Sandfill, on Friday, intercepted a Toyota Avalon salon car with Reg. No. WER 767 CN  with three occupants, namely, Ignatius Opara,  Aniebiet Daniel and Lawson Basoene.

On searching the car the police recovered one locally made pistol with two 7.62mm live ammunition which was hidden under the driver’s seat.

The Police further said interrogation revealed that the suspects had stolen the car from where it was packed at  Amadi Ama. (The Sun)

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Ritual Killing: 77-year-old Pastor, Serial Kidnapper Arrested In Ogun State |RN


From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
A 77-year-old pastor, Samuel Babatunde, has been arrested by the police in Ogun State, in connection with the discovery of suspected human parts buried inside a church.
Also arrested with the cleric, who is the founder of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Itedo Isinmi Ayo Parish, located on Egan Road in Iyana-Iyesi area of Ota, were three others, including a suspected serial kidnapper, Jeremiah, and herbalist, Haruna.
While parading the cleric yesterday in Ota, the Ogun  State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said Jeremiah, 32, specialised in abducting children, and he had already confessed that the pastor of the white garment church was the receiver of the abducted children.
The CP further disclosed that the herbalist was among the suspects who allegedly buried the human parts at the entrance of the church.
According to him, police operatives from the Area Command in Ota on Sunday received technical intelligence about Adeola and eventually apprehended him.
He said: “On the strength of the intelligence, detectives from Ota Area Command were detailed to effect the arrest of the suspect. At about 10:20 am, their efforts paid off when the said Jeremiah Adeola was promptly arrested.
“On interrogation, he confessed being a serial kidnapper and mentioned a prophet of a white garment church as the receiver of the kidnapped children.
“Upon his revelation, he was taken to the house/church of the said prophet at Iyana-Iyesi Ota, where one Prophet Samuel, 67, a pastor in charge of the church, and one Haruna, 42, a traditional worshiper, were arrested.
“The floor of the church was dug, as described by the first suspect, and parts suspected strongly to be human parts were dug out there in.”
The commissioner said the police would conduct a forensic investigation into the case, while giving the assurance that all those found guilty of the crime would be brought to justice, insisting: “Ogun State will never be a safe haven for criminals.”
However, the cleric has denied the allegation, claiming that a pig was buried alive in the church, contrary and not human parts. (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Decomposing Corpse Of UNIOSUN Student Found Near Alfa’s House


Femi Makinde, Osogbo

The decomposing corpse of a 400 level student of the Osun State University Student, who went missing since nine days ago, Oluwafemi Shonibare, has been found inside a bush near one Alfa’s house.

Students living near Jafaria Street told our correspondent, who visited the bush that the Alfa, who was arrested in connection with the student’s disappearance showed the policemen the place where the corpse was dumped.

Some of the students close to the deceased burst into tears as they perceived horrible stench oozing out of the bush.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, when contacted on the telephone told our correspondent that he could not speak because he was in a meeting.

But the Deputy Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students in South West, Saheed Afolabi, confirmed the development to our correspondent.  (

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