The Oyo State Police Command has arrested two suspected hoodlums, 17-year-old boy, Abiodun Adewale and 24-year-old Mubarak Aliu for allegedly selling the skulls of the two policemen killed and burnt in the Iwo Road area of Ibadan during the violence which trailed #EndSARS protests in October.
During an interview with journalists at the police headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, disclosed that they sold the skulls to an herbalist in their neighbourhood, Oladipupo Ifakorede. The native doctor paid N1, 000 to the two suspects for the skulls which had been broken down into pieces.
Abiodun confessed that, “On Monday, October 22, Mubarak asked me to follow him to Alabata area in Ibadan, where his wife was staying”.
“We got to Iwo Road and saw that the road had been blocked. There was Smoke when we moved closer to see what was happening, we saw humans being burnt”.
“The mob was hitting the burnt bodies with sticks, and started taking the body parts. Mubarak came to me and said he wanted to take some of the body parts. He said he had someone he would sell them to. Mubarak went to take the two skulls.
“We went to the native doctor’s residence in our neighbourhood. After negotiation, the native doctor gave us N500 with the promise to pay the balance of N500. He told us he was not the one who would use them, but that he would take them to a cleric in Ilorin, Kwara State, for ritual purpose.
“After leaving the residence of the native doctor, Mubarak and I went to a restaurant and used the N500 to eat. About 7pm the same day, the native doctor saw me at a junction in our area and gave me N500 balance. Mubarak and I shared the money at N250 each on the third day.”
Mubarak corroborated Abiodun’s confession, saying, “some people in the crowd removed hands, legs, fingers and feet, while others gathered the ashes from the burnt bodies and took them away. I told Abiodun that I would take the skulls.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, said the suspects would soon be arraigned.