Below is an update on the Ikorodu Ritual Killing where two men were nabbed with the headless body of a 7-year-old boy in Ikorodu, Lagos state.
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The police in Lagos, on Thursday arrested a pastor for allegedly beheading a seven-year old boy and burying his head at the church’s altar.
Olarinde Famous-Cole, the command’s spokesman, confirmed the arrest to reporters, saying the suspect was arrested with an accomplice.
Famous-Cole said the policemen arrested one Eric, whose confession led to the arrest of the pastor and the recovery of the boy’s body.
“On investigation, one of the suspects, Eric confessed to the crime. He led a team of policemen to Odokekere/ Odogunyan in Ikorodu area to apprehend Oyekan, who later led the team to where the seven-year-old boy was beheaded and his head buried,” he said.The pastor identified as Adedoyin Oyekan and one Eric were arrested at Odokereke, Odogunyan of Ikorodu on Thursday.
“They hid the body inside canal. The two suspects involved have been arrested and the body and the head of the boy were brought to the station.
“Investigation has commenced and the case would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.”
The suspects were rescued from being lynched by some angry residents of the area after committing the offence at 16, Apata Abo Street, Odokekere, Odogunyan.
Eric, who was said to be a friend to the victim’s father, allegedly stole the boy around 11am on Wednesday, after his father left him in his care.
It was gathered the suspect was said to have taken the boy to the pastor’s church where they beheaded and buried him between 2am and 4am on Thursday.
When the victim’s father came back to take his son, Eric claimed he had sent him home.
Eric opened up during interrogation and led detectives to the pastor’s place where the child’s mutilated body was buried.
“The Ayangburin of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi said he would make sure the accused are brought to justice,” a source told NAN