A 61-year-old landlord, Toafeek Hassan, was, yesterday, arrested with
fresh human head and other body parts of a lady he was alleged to have
murdered, at Ikoga community in Badagry area of Lagos.
gathered that the deceased, a yet-to-be identified lady, approached
Hassan, a cleric, for spiritual cleansing in Sango Otta, due to some
challenges she was facing.
Vanguard gathered that he was on his
way to hand over the needed body parts to a cleric yesterday, when he
was accosted by curious people, as the bag was dripping blood.
When they forcefully took the bag from him, a female head, two wrists
and a heart spilled out. They raised alarm, which alerted other
But for the prompt intervention of policemen from Area ‘K’ Command,
Badagry, Hassan would have been lynched by a mob, who tied his hands,
legs and was dragging him on the ground.
On interrogation before
police arrived, Hassan disclosed that it was his second time of killing
clients for the unnamed cleric for ritual purpose.
According to him, “she was not my direct client.
A herbalist, Baba Ronke, brought her to me on Sunday.
One Alfa from Sango-Otta took her to him. He said that the woman was looking for spiritual solution.
“The Alfa from Otta uses human beings for rituals. He deceived the woman
to Badagry, saying he was bringing her to a senior colleague, who would
perform some cleansing by the river side on her.
“Immediately they dropped the woman by the riverside they left, with a promise to wait for her at the bus stop.
While she was waiting, I came and did my part of the job.” Asked how he
killed her, Hassan did not state clearly how he committed the act.
He only replied that “I began by asking her where she came from; she said she was from Ojodu Berger.
I felt pity for her, but I could not help the situation. “I was on my
way to deliver the needed parts to the Alfa at Sango-Otta when I was
This is my second time of working for Baba Ronke and
Alfa.” Police sources hinted that his accomplices fled when news of
Hassan’s arrest went round.
Contacted, Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olarinde
Cole-Famous, confirmed the incident, saying investigation was ongoing.