Alfa Tunde Olayiwola, an accused ritualist and Islamic cleric, died in police detention when a fresh human head was discovered in his possession.
The dead was captured in the Oka region of Ondo town, Freshreporters News gathered.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Oyeyemi Oyediran, had paraded Olayiwola and other suspects at the command headquarters in Akure.
“On December 23, 2021, at approximately 9 a.m., the police received information that a self-proclaimed cleric named Alfa Tunde Olayiwola, a suspected ritualist, was about to receive a consignment suspected to be a human head,” Oyediran stated.
“The police immediately swung into action and the cleric was apprehended at the Ajagbale area of Oka, Ondo town.
“A fresh human head was found in his custody. He confessed that the head found in his possession was to be used to ensure he had a better life.”
During the parade, the 55-year-old Olayiwola revealed that he bought the head for N60,000 from an unknown man with the intention of using it to enhance his life.
The suspect died on Saturday, and the cause of death is yet to be determined.
The death of the suspect was confirmed by Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, the state Police Public Relations Officer.