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Security guards, Alhaji arrested after residents discovered 44 tombs with no bodies in Ibadan cemetery


Two cemetery security guards have been arrested by the men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun, for allegedly being in possession of heads of the dead bodies buried in the cemetery at Surulere Area of Ondo town, Ondo State on Sunday.

It was gathered that one of the security guards identified as Alhaji was caught with a bag containing the head of a dead body by the residents of the area.

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A source in the area said the cemetery where the crime was allegedly committed belongs to an old generation church in the community.

The source said,

“Very early today (Sunday) somebody went to defecate in a bush beside the cemetery and he saw Alhaji with a sledgehammer breaking one of the tombs in the cemetery. After some minutes he came out with a bag. So the person that saw him raised the alarm and we rushed to the scene. When we checked the bag Alhaji carried, we saw a human head in it.

“When we went around the cemetery, we discovered that about 44 tombs have no dead bodies inside them, they have been exhumed by ritualists. So we have handed them over to the Amotekun corps.”

When contacted, the state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye confirmed the arrest of the suspects, saying they were rescued when the residents were about lynching them. He, however, said human heads were not found on the suspects.

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He said,

“The suspects were rescued by our men when the residents were about to kill them. We have handed them over to the police.”

But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tee- Leo Ikoro said the suspects had not been handed over to the police.


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