12 October 2017
…Osun police smash one of such shrines
The Osun State Police Command on Tuesday uncovered a ritualist den, code named, ZONE II, at Jamodo Junction, Ifon-Osun area of the state.
Police operatives swoop on the shrine after receiving a credible tip-off.
The police also paraded two suspected ritualists who specialise in deceiving their victims with false promises that they would perform rituals which could make them rich.
The suspects, identified as 21-year-old Yusuff Taofeek and 20-year-old Jimoh Sherif, disguised as herbalists to carry out the dastardly act of dragging and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Adeoye Fimihan, who paraded the suspects, said they were arrested on October 6, 2017 after a tip-off and investigation.
He said one Sehidu Aliu, also known as ‘Alaga,’ who is now on the run, is the leader of the ritualists.
Fimiham added that the suspects, who usually assemble at the shrine, brandished dangerous weapons, such as guns and cutlasses to threaten their victims to submission.
According to him, “The syndicate specialises in duping and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public under the pretence of being herbalists that can make money rituals for them.
“Investigations led to the discovery of their den and shrine at Isangbe village, in Ifon-Osun, where outrageous numbers of statues made of cement, carved wood, foams, assorted charms, cloths, empty Schnapps bottles used for sacrifice were found. Some contain snakes and lizards for the purported Sango, (Yoruba god of thunder).
“One of the moveable statues with a feminine stature was removed from the shrine, to be tendered as exhibit. Sherif confessed that he belonged to Zone II notorious gang headed by Aliu as well as a cult and ritualists group led by Alhaji Afisu Olanipekun. He added that they made up to N500,000 altogether from the operations.”
The commissioner of police also stated that Taofeek was hiding in the ceiling of the house of Aliu when he was arrested.
Adeoye said items recovered from the suspects included one unregistered Toyota camry salon car and two Bajaj boxer motorcycles and added that 15 other members of the syndicate are still at large.
“We appreciate the public for their cooperation and we appeal that they continue to give us useful information that could help in making Osun a crime-free state. Investigations are ongoing,” he said.