Two suspects believed to be ritualists dealing in human parts were caught on Monday evening in Akure, Ondo State.
The suspects were caught inside a bush housing the cenotaph on a roadside opposite the Adegbemile Cultural Centre and near the A Divisional Police Station in Akure.
A SaharaReporters correspondent learned that the suspects were caught with parts of human bodies inside the white painted cenotaph building.
Eyewitnesses revealed that the suspects were part of a kidnap gang behind some reported cases of missing people in Akure.
One of the witnesses, Abiodun Ojo, told our correspondent that the suspects were also caught with dangerous weapons, including cutlasses.
“We found in their possession cutlasses which they used in carrying out their evil acts and some other dangerous weapons,” he said.
Mr. Ojo, a local vulcanizer, added that the discovery was shocking to those who live and work in the area.
“This is surprising because you cannot imagine that such an evil act could be going on inside this place [cenotaph]. Just imagine, this place is beside the main road and it is where people walk through virtually every day and night,” he said.
The witness said that one the suspects confessed to being involved in the kidnapping of Akure residents.
“One of them already confessed that they were behind the cases of some missing people in Akure. The issue of missing people in the last two months in Akure had become a source of concern,” he said.
The incident was said to have angered some passersby who learned about the case and rushed down with the aim to lynch the two suspects.
SaharaReporters gathered that the two suspects were moved to the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi.
A source at the palace confirmed that that culprits were dragged in a taxi to the palace of the Deji of Akure.
He said the suspects would be handed over to the police for a proper investigation.
“I learned that the kabiyesi [monarch] has also contacted the police to hand over the suspects after a brief interrogation,” he said.
Femi Joseph, the spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, said he is yet to be properly briefed over the incident, but said he would contact our correspondent after learning more about the matter.