Police in Osun have arrested two suspects, said to be siblings, Monsuru, and Lawal, in Iwo town for alleged ritual killings.
The two brothers arrested in a house in Yemoja compound, Iwo, had allegedly been involved in ritual killings in the ancient town, particularly the killing of one Mutiat Alani.
Following their arrest, an angry mob on Tuesday razed four houses in the area, including those of the suspects.
A resident of the area, who pleaded not to be named, said that the suspects were arrested after a mobile phone belonging to the late Mutiat, who was declared missing a few days ago, was tracked to a man in Iwo, who alleged that he bought it from Monsuru.
According to the source, “When the police operatives swooped on the house of the suspects, some skulls and mutilated bodies were recovered.
“The house that the suspects had been using to perpetrate the act is located near a river and bush. When residents heard of their arrest on Tuesday, they attacked their house and razed the building. Apart from their house, three other adjoining buildings were razed.”
Osun State Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, who confirmed the incident, said two suspects – Monsuru Tajudeen, and Lawal Tajudeen, were arrested at Yemoja Compound, Iwo, where the police also recovered two mutilated bodies.
The PPRO said, “We arrested two suspected ritual killers, Tajudeen Monsuru and Tajudeen Lawal, at Yemoja compound, Iwo. Monsuru had told us he killed for ritual purposes and that he has killed many people.
“A woman was reported missing and a search was launched. The name of the woman is Mutiat Alani. When the police commenced an investigation of the missing woman, her phone was tracked and the phone was discovered in the possession of Monsuru.
“Police operatives that went to the scene recovered two mutilated bodies. Angry residents also on Tuesday attacked the house where the bodies were recovered and some adjourning buildings and razed them. Investigation had commenced into the matter.”