Ritual: Court Sentences Cleric, Father to Prison in Ilorin

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Ritual: Court Sentences Cleric, Father to Prison in Ilorin

By Kaosara Oladimeji Olayemi

In Ilorin, Kwara State, an Islamic cleric, Olaitan Folorunsho Abdulwahab, and his father, Suleiman Babatunde Olaitan, were sentenced to prison for possessing human parts.

It was gathered that, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Olaitan Folorunsho Abdulwahab exhumed the body of his childhood friend, Suleiman Saka, for ritual purposes, just seven days after his death.

The deceased was said to have gone out with the clergyman and returned with stomach pains. He died the next day in a hospital and was buried the same day, according to Islamic rites.

Abdulwahab was sentenced to four years in prison by presiding Magistrate Bio Saliu, while his father got four months in prison and a 3,000 naira fine.

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The father and son were charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Trespass, and Unlawful Possession of Human Parts in violation of Penal Code Sections 97, 342, and 219, respectively.

According to the case’s First Information Report (FIR), the situation was reported to the ‘G’ Division Police Station by Alhaji Aliyu Baba Alapa of Onilu Compound, Oloje, Ilorin.

The complainant claimed to have learned that his son’s body had been exhumed at their family compound in Oloje.

The unpleasant odour of Saka’s dismembered body emanating from the house where it was kept drew the attention of community people, who mobilized and searched the building.

The deceased’s head, two hands, and two legs were purportedly discovered from the structure, which were preserved in a plastic bucket and hidden inside the roof.

Abdulwahab, Oladimeji, Jelili and Waidi of various addresses were said to have made away with the remaining parts of deceased’s body in a Honda Accord vehicle.

One of them, Olaitan was apprehended in Ajuwon, Ogun State, where he had fled to following the crime.

He was claimed to have admitted to conspiring to commit the crime with other accused.

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