A decapitated body of a woman declared missing since last March 21, has been found buried in a church premises in Ewekoro, near Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The two hands and head of the woman, identified as Raliatu Saani, had been removed from the body, which was exhumed by a team of police officers led by the state Police Commissioner, Ahmed Ilyasu.
A pastor at Cherubim and Seraphim Church, Elebute, Ewekoro, Oluwatobiloba Ipense, who was arrested for alleged ritual killing, said the woman was his secret lover.
He alleged that the woman was killed by one Pastor Daniel Sopeju of Iyana Egbado, who used a knife to behead the woman, and collected her blood in seven calabashes.
After that, he alleged that the head, and two hands of the woman were severed from her body, and buried in the church.
“It was not true that I killed a woman, it was one Mr Sopeju Daniel and a woman wanted to make me join their occultic group and they said that they are going to collect a ransom.
“So they collected the names of my members and picked the name of Raliat Sanni. Having mentioned her name, they asked me where she was living and I told them she is living at Wasimi. They later got her and brought her to my church.
“Mr Sopeju brought out a knife and beheaded the woman and after beheading her, he collected her blood and put it in seven calabashes,” Ipense said.
The state police commissioner said both suspects were arrested last March 26, after the woman’s younger sister reported to the police that she failed to returned home since March 21.