Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have apprehended a 42-year-old self-acclaimed pastor, Segun Philip, for allegedly killing a final year Sociology student of the Lagos State University, Favour Daley-Oladele, 22, for money ritual.
The cleric was arrested alongside a 23-year-old boy, Adeeko Owolabi, said to be the boyfriend of the deceased.
The deceased, was reported to have left home to an unknown destination since December 8, and has not been seen since then.She was subsequently reported missing by her parents at Mowe Police Station.
The Ogun police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told journalists, “The detectives went into full scale technical and forensic investigation of the case and their efforts paid off when the movement of the deceased was traced to a white garment church in faraway Ikoyi-Ile in Osun State being pastored by one Segun Philip.
“On getting to the church, the self-acclaimed pastor was promptly arrested but he was quick to inform the detectives that the girl was brought to him by her boyfriend Adeeko Owolabi who was still within the vicinity of the church. The said boyfriend was traced and apprehended immediately.”
Mr Oyeyemi said, on interrogation, Adeeko Owolabi confessed to the police that the deceased was his girlfriend and that he lured her to Ikoyi-Ile where he had perfected plans with the cleric to use her for money-making ritual.
The police said the boyfriend stated further that while the girl was sleeping, the pastor gave him a pestle he used to smash the head of the girl. After this, the pastor quickly used a knife to cut off her neck, ripped open her chest and removed her heart which he used in preparing a concoction for him and his mother to eat, Mr Owolabi reportedly told the police.
Mr Owolabi’s mother was also arrested.
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