Ogun State Police Command has arrested a herbalist Lajuwon Ogunleye and two other persons for the murder of a seven year old boy, Pelumi Apalaye for the purpose of black magic.
The other arrested suspects are Adetutu Apalaye, deceased mother and Fatai Sefiu.
This was made known by the Command spokesperson DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
He said the arrest was made possible following a tip off from members of the public, that the healthy 7 year old suddenly slumbed and died without apparent ill health.
The released police statement said, “upon their suspicion, the people around started monitoring the herbalist who incidentally happened to be the step-father of the deceased boy and his wife who is the mother of the boy.
“Unknown to them, they were monitored to the bush where they took the victim corpse to for burial in company of the third suspect who is a friend to the herberlist and the boy was buried in an upright position after removing some parts from his corpse”.null
“This confirmed the suspicion of the people and they quickly informed the police”.
“Upon the information, the DPO Abigi division SP Tarkighir Joseph led his men to the bush in Iwopin area of Ogun Waterside where the suspects were rounded up”.
“They led policemen to where the victim was buried and it was discovered that the deceased was buried in standing position”.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police has ordered that the case be transferred to the Homicide Unit of the Command for further investigations and possible prosecution.