Alfa and two others arrested for stealing head of corpse for money rituals

An Alfa has been arrested along with his accomplices after a man’s grave was dug to steal the head of the corpse for money rituals.

Samson Erinle who is popularly known as Alfa since he completed his Islamic studies was handed a book where a late herbalist wrote down the tricks of his trade and decided to work with the other accomplices to get the head of a corpse recently buried, to perform the money rituals.

His accomplices includes the son of the herbalist, Waidi Soremi, 25, of 7, Aboaba Street, Itori-Oke in the Ewekoro Local Government Council Area of Ogun State, and Samson’s cousin, named Taiwo Erinle, 23.

Waidi found his father’s account book after his death and handed it over to Samson, aka Alfa. Alfa went through the book and took special interest on the aspect of money-making ritual he found in the book.

In January, one Taiwo Mesioye, who hailed from the same neighbourhood with them, died and was brought home for burial. Waidi, Samson and Taiwo Erinle all attended the funeral.

After the funeral, Alfa called Waidi and Erinle and told them that it was time for them to get themselves out of poverty and for that, they need to get the head of the man who had just been buried.

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Narrating the incident with Crime Puzzle, Waidi said:

“It was during the funeral that Alfa disclosed to me that he got something very useful for us from the account book that would change our fortune for good. He said, with a human head, our condition would be better off. At that instance, we all agreed to look for a way to dig the deceased grave and make use of the head.”

On January 20, 2020, 9 days after the burial, Waidi singlehandedly raided the grave of Mesioye. He dug out the corpse, severed the head, then closed the grave back. He said:

“I commenced the operation at about 12:00am to 3:00am”.

Waidi took the severed head and hid it in the town masquerade shrine, which was opened by Taiwo Erinle, whose father is the custodian of the said shrine.

Fate took a turn when the late Mesioye’s younger brother noticed that his Mesioye’s grave had been tampered with. He lodged a complaint with the traditional ruler of the town, who immediately alerted security operatives.

On hearing the news, the three suspects allegedly fled the community and went into hiding, but were fished out by the police detectives, Crime Puzzle reports.

In their confessional statements to the police, they all conceded to have planned the desecration of the corpse and narrated the roles they all played.

However, Samson and Taiwo said that Waidi did not inform them that he was embarking on the operation that day, an allegation Waidi did not deny.

Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 2, Ahmed Iliyasu has said that the suspects will be charged to court on completion of the investigation.

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