A 40-year-old ritualist, Ajadi Rafiu has been arraigned before an Ilorin Magistrate Court for allegedly using human being for sacrifice.
The accused who resides in Magaji Compound, Kehinde-Oroki Village, via Igbaja, Kwara State allegedly killed one Okita Sunday of the same village to appease the gods of twins.
The suspected ritualist allegedly killed the deceased to appease his great grandfather and the founder of their village.
The accused, popularly known as ‘Oro masquerade’ who was arraigned on a one-count charge of culpable homicide, contrary to Section 221 of Penal Code Law, has since been remanded at the Federal Prison, Oke-Kura, Ilorin.
The long arm of the law caught up with him following a report on May 27, 2013 at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Igbaja, Kwara State by the deceased wife, Mrs. Salome Okita that the accused criminally administered native concoction to her husband which resulted into stomach ache.
According to the complainant, his condition deteriorated until he later gave up the ghost.
Police First Information Report (FIR) on the matter stated that investigation conducted at the State Criminal Investigation Department,SCID, Ilorin, revealed that the accused along with Alfa Dauda and Alfa Sule (now at large), intentionally administered poisonous concoction on the deceased thereby using him as sacrifice to service their gods of twins.
The FIR stated further that the accused and others at large are members of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress ,OPC, using the means to terrorize the people of the community while also using them for ritual purposes.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Jubrin Al-hassan informed the court that investigation into the matter was still ongoing, while effort is also ongoing to arrest his accomplices.
He however objected to the bail of the accused and urged the court to remand him in prison custody, Ilorin, pending the outcome of police investigation.
The Judge, Magistrate I.O. Olawoyin upheld the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison, Oke- Kura, Ilorin, until June 27 when the case will come up for further hearing.