by Isi Esene
Joshua Akindele, 56, a confessed cannibal was recently caught by a vigilante group in collaboration with members of the palace guard to the community leader of Ajara Topa community in Badagry, Lagos.
Akindele reportedly operates from a hole he dug under the Gbaji bridge along the Badagry-Seme border.
Sources say the accused was spotted by a man identified as Anthony Amos who watched him crawl into the hole under the Gbaji bridge.
Akindele confessed to behind several unexplained deaths in the area saying he operates by hitting his victims dead or unconscious with plywood and dragging them into the hole before splitting their parts for food and selling parts to ritual buyers.
He confessed to have been previously jailed for 5 years after raping a 17-year old girl.
According to him: “I have been in this business for the past 15 years after my friend advised me to stop riding okada and to join him in ritual killing and cannibalism.
“Whenever I see somebody walking alone without being conscious of who is watching, I walk slowing up to them and hit them with a big plywood on their heads after which they fall unconscious, I then drag them into the hole and use a knife to cut them into parts which I sell to some churches and some ready buyers who indulge in ritual killing for easy money, and some times when I feel hungry late in the night, I eat some parts for food.” he said.
He gave details of his body part selling business revealing that he sells human heads for N7,500; breast for N1,500; penis for N1,000; hands and legs sell for N3,500.
The Baale of Ajara Topa community, Samuel Amosu Owolabi, said he visited the scene of the crime and met the suspect being beaten by a mob.
Owolabi said he pleaded with the mob to let the confessed cannibal live so that he can be prosecuted according to the law.
It was confirmed that the suspect is now in the custody of the Badagry police division for proper investigation into the case.