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Ritualists exhume newly-buried corpse, harvest organs in Oyo

The people of Idi-Arere community in Ibadan, Oyo State, were in shock on Saturday when they discovered the corpse of a resident, Alhaji Kolawole Waheed, with vital organs of his body missing.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Waheed died last Thursday and was buried on Friday according to Islamic rites.

The deceased’s brother, Taofeek Adebayo, said the 68-year-old was hit by a car while inside a tricycle, adding that he was later taken to a hospital where he died three days after.

“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.

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“Three houses surround the grave and everyone said they didn’t know anything about it,” he added.

A resident, Seun Aribikola, told our correspondent that 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.

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PUNCH Metro also gathered that there was an uncompleted building beside the grave occupied by one Alfa.

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

Alfa, who identified himself as Rosheed, said he worked in the uncompleted building as an herbalist and a tailor.

He said, “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.”

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

His wife, Mujidat, also stated that he only used herbs to cure illnesses.

The use of human parts for ritual purposes is becoming rampant in Oyo State.

Two weeks ago, a cleric, Tiamiyu Abass, was arrested in Oke-Oroki community, Atiba LGA, with the body parts of his female customer, identified only as Barakat.

The police spokesperson had said the remains of the victim were stuffed in a sack and recovered from the suspect.

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