Ritualist Kills Food Hawker, Flee With Head, Hands Of Victim


A suspected ritualist on Saturday murdered a 55-year- old food hawker, Latifat Oyebode, in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

It was gathered that the food seller lived around L.A Primary School Street, Alapata area of Modakeke.

It was learnt the yet-to-be-identified ritualist on Saturday morning lured the food seller to a house at Ogbingbin area, Remo, Ile-Ife on the pretense that he wants to buy food.

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A resident of the area, who does not wants his name in print, told The Nation: “The house where Iya Elekuru was killed was rented by an herbalist. The woman was lured inside the house and was killed.

“The herbalist cut her head and two hands. When the people around noticed that she was not coming out, they forced their way inside the house. The herbalist fled with the head and two hands of Iya Elekuru.

“We saw the remains of the food seller on the floor in the pool of blood. This angered the youths and they started to destroy the house. The security operatives have carried the corpse of the woman away.”

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Spokesperson of Osun Police Command, Yemisi Opalola confirmed the incident.

She explained: “The woman hawking food was lured inside a house and was killed. The killer cut her head and hands. The suspect fled with the mutilated parts.

“Our men evacuated the body of the woman. The son of the victim has claimed the corpse and buried her according to Islamic rites.

“Irate youths have razed the building where the woman was killed. Efforts are ongoing to arrest the fleeing suspect.”

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