Internet fraudsters contact Facebook herbalist, dismember man for ritual

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Two suspected Internet fraudsters, aka Yahoo boys, Friday Odeh, 21, and Poso Idowu, 20, have allegedly killed a 40-year-old man, Abdullahi Azeez, in the Owode-Egba area of Ogun State.

The victim was reportedly cut into pieces by the suspects.

The men were arrested at their hideout at Owode-Egba, three months after they allegedly committed the crime.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

Oyeyemi said a relative of the victim lodged a complaint at the Owode-Egba divisional police headquarters on June 9, 2022.

The PPRO added that the family member reported that the victim left his house at the Kobape area on June 8, 2022, and did not return home.

He said, “Upon the report, the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, directed the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Department to take over the investigation and unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man.

“In compliance with the CP’s directive, the SP Taiwo Opadiran-led team subsequently embarked on a technical and intelligence-based investigation, which led them to the hideout of Friday Abinya Odeh on September 22, 2022, where the SIM card of the victim was recovered.

“His arrest led to the apprehension of his accomplice, Poso Idowu. On interrogation, the suspects confessed that they kidnapped the victim on June 8, 2022, at the Kobape area around 7.30pm, from where they forcefully took him to the bush, killed him and dismembered him.

“They confessed further that it was one herbalist, identified simply as Arab Money, who they claimed to have contacted on Facebook that prescribed the ritual for them.

“All efforts to recover the remains of the victim proved abortive, as the suspects claimed to have disposed of it.”

Oyeyemi said the Commissioner of Police had directed that the suspects be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.

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