RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
Spectators and policemen were yesterday bewildered, as a suspected ritual killer openly confessed that he had only slaughtered two persons since he began the business.
The suspect, identified as Taofeek Adam, a native of Ikoga in Badagry area of Lagos, was last Sunday arrested by policemen in Lagos, while in possession of fresh human parts.
Paraded yesterday by the Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, the suspect disclosed to journalists that he had only butchered just two female adults, that were handed to him by one herbalist friend, which he identified simply as Manasse.
The suspects, who said he was spotted for the deadly act simply because of his engagement in hard jobs within the community, added that he was paid N8,000 and N4,000 for the first and second execution respectively.
The herbalist, now at large, Adam said always contacted him whenever there was any victim to be slaughtered for ritual purpose, adding that the heartless act was usually executed in a swampy area of the village, with residents unsuspecting.
He added that the vital parts of their victims are usually extracted by the Muslim cleric fondly called ”Alfa”, while the remaining parts are either disposed gradually to end users or allowed to decompose in the bush.
His words, ” Na Alfa dey call me when he get anybody to kill. Na only two person i don kill since i started and the two of them na women. Anytime he get anybody like that to kill, we go take am to swamp, tie in hand for back and cover the face, before i go use knife to kill the person. The first one he give N8,000 and this one he give me N4,000.”.
Speaking on the fresh incident, Adam disclosed that the victim was brought in on a motorbike popularly called ”Okada”, accompanied by two persons from Sango in Ogun state.
Adding that the victim was charmed by the herbalist as she was weak and could not respond to questions when brought in,before she was slaughtered,the suspect said she was immediately taken into the slaughtering slab in the swamp and killed, adding that the herbalist took both the head, heart and the two hands.
” Na two Alfas bring am from sango, Alfa Manasseh called me and give me N4000.00, the alfa don give am medicine because she no fit answer the thins wey i ask am well. I ask am how in know the alfas and she tell me say she go do medicine against in mother in-law for their place and say she don give her mama the alfa phone number”, the suspect stated in pidgin and Yoruba dialects.
Owoseni had earlier told journalists that the suspect was arrested by police operatives with fresh human parts, following a tip off, adding that efforts are on to apprehend other members of the syndicate now at large.