by Rachel ogbu
A suspected ritual killer allegedly caught with human parts has escaped being beaten to death by a mob in Ilorin, Kwara State.
On Friday, the man identified simply as Saka and said to be in his 30s was rescued from the mob by community elders who intervened and urged the crowd to leave justice for the police.
He was handed over to the police at the ‘C’ Division, Oja-Oba.
According to reports, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olufemi Fabode, said two people had been arrested in connection with the illegal act and they were still investigating the matter adding that the suspects had claimed they were innocent.
The Punch reports:
The suspect was said to have been apprehended by the residents around Ajia compound in Gambari area of Ilorin while he was allegedly exhuming a corpse.
It was also allegedly caught with a bag containing human parts.
The residents feared that the human parts were meant for a ritual purpose.
Our correspondent learnt on Friday that because of the ongoing construction of a road which affected some tombs in the Ajia compound, family members were exhuming their relations’ corpses for re-burial elsewhere.
It was learnt that the suspect, who was not a member of the affected families, reportedly took advantage of the situation to exhume some corpses and allegedly removed their parts.
Luck, however, ran out on him when the family members noticed him and raised the alarm. Residents thereafter swooped on him.