By Tola Gbadamosi
A 26-year-old, Franklin Akinyosuyi, arrested with human skull in Ondo town, last week has confessed that he has been bathing with the skull for a month to boost patronage in his business.
Akinyosuyi, was arrested by operatives of the anti-crime section attached to Funmbi-Fagun police Station, in Ondo town.
The suspect said an herbalist prepared the human skull as a ritual for him to bathe with to attract customers and huge patronage and boost his business. He added that he did it to end hardship occasioned by poor sales in his boutique business.
The suspect stated this while being paraded alongside five others at the police headquarters in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He further disclosed that the human skull was discovered in his rented apartment located in the Elewuro area of community.
Akinyosuyi who exonerated his landlord, claimed ownership of items found in his possession.
He added that he brought all the items from his herbalist who resides in Ikirun, Ifelodun local government area of Osun State to boost his photography and boutique businesses.
His words: “I am a photographer and I own a boutique as well. It was last year that my uncle took me to the herbalist. I explained to him that my business wasn’t moving well, so he asked me to pay N200,000 to make a concoction for me which I paid within three weeks.
“After he was done, he called me to come pick it and that was last year November. He directed that I should be bathing with the human head every Thursday at exactly 1 a.m. I used it for a month but didn’t see any difference in my business. So, I had to call the herbalist and tell him to refund my money.
“I also asked him to come and pick the human head as well but he refused to come and pick it up. He started refunding my money because he already sent me N20,000. So, on that faithful day, I decided to go and throw it away, so I dropped it in my backyard. Unfortunately, I went out and before I could return, my landlord’s children saw it, informed their father, and ultimately called the police.
“After we were arrested, the herbalist claimed that he paid someone to get the human head”, the suspect said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, said: “On the 6th of August, 2023, a case of Unlawful Possession of Human head was reported at Fagun Division against Franklin Akinyosoye, 26, who claimed to be a photographer and also own a boutique in Ondo town.
“The suspect was challenged by his landlord for keeping a bag in a corner of the compound and the landlord was suspicious and asked the young man to open the bag. When he did, a human skull was found in the bag. After he was arrested, he claimed it was given to him by a Native Doctor in Osun State.
“Further interrogation and investigation led to the arrest of one Oyegoke Dare an evangelist, who gave the skull and other fetish materials to the suspect, one Oyelade Sarafa an herbalist who also confessed to have helped in procuring the skull from one Asekun (a vigilante) in Ikirun was also arrested. Two other suspects mentioned in connection with the case are currently at large”.