A 42-year-old man, Samuel Omosaba, who hails from Ikare-Akoko in Akoko North East Local Council of Ondo State, has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force for the callous murder of his three-year-old niece.
Omosaba was apprehended yesterday through the intervention of security agents, who swiftly sprang into action to save him from being lynched by angry mob after they had discovered the beheaded girl in his room.
The Guardian learnt that the mother of the little victim had intended to leave her with her mother-in-law when going to market, but eventually left her with her brother-in-law, Omosaba.
A source disclosed that the suspect contacted a herbalist for money ritual in Ipe Akoko, where he was asked to provide the head of a baby, aged between one and five. The source confirmed that the suspect beheaded the little girl and was noticed by neighbours when he was trying to take the head out of the house.
“Omosaba has been living with his parents without a job. He had carried out the act before the mother of the girl returned from the market and was about to go out when the mother spotted her daughter’s lifeless body in his room.
“He ran out of the house but we apprehended him and was saved by the timely intervention of the police from Ikare. Omosaba has been living here with no job and he’s not even married. We don’t know why he would be so desperate for money,” the source said.
It was gathered that the mother of the deceased fainted after discovering the gruesome remains of her daughter, which the suspect confessed to family members that he killed for money rituals.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said his men had arrested the suspect. He stated that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), Akure, for further investigation.