Franklin Akinyosuyi, a 26-year-old suspected fraudster and ritualist, stunned authorities when he confessed to bathing with a human head for an entire month in a bizarre attempt to boost patronage for his business.
The shocking revelation came to light after his arrest in Ondo town, where operatives of the anti-crime section attached to Funmbi-Fagun Police Station apprehended him.
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Akinyosuyi, whose rented apartment in the Elewuro area of the community housed the macabre secret, spoke of seeking the aid of a ritual assistant due to financial hardship and dwindling business. In a chilling parade of suspects at the command headquarters in Akure, he disclosed his association with a herbalist in Ikirun, Ifelodun local government area of Osun State, who provided him with the human head.
“I am a photographer and I own a boutique as well. It was last year that my uncle took me to a 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 recounted.
The investigation into the disturbing case also uncovered the involvement of several others. Oyegoke Dare, an evangelist, was arrested for providing the skull and other fetish materials to Akinyosuyi. Additionally, Oyelade Sarafa, an herbalist, admitted to assisting in procuring the human head from Asekun, a vigilante in Ikirun. Two other suspects implicated in the case remain at large.
In a separate incident that rocked the community, Bankole Oginni, a 47-year-old football coach, was taken into custody for a gruesome murder. On August 6, a chilling scene unfolded at Danjuma Street, Akure, as Oginni’s ex-lover, Bosede Adejoro, was found dead in his room. Her lifeless body exhibited signs of horrifying violence, including her legs being tied, burns from hot water, and her stomach cut open with her intestines removed.
Investigations revealed a chilling narrative as Oginni claimed that Adejoro had collapsed upon arriving at his house, prompting his shocking actions to cover up the crime. The victim’s family, alongside law enforcement, sought justice for the brutal murder.
Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, the Police Public Relations Officer, shared the disturbing details: “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.”
She added, “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.”
Odunlami-Omisanya further described the horrifying details of Bankole Oginni’s alleged crime, “On August 6, a young lady reported at ‘B’ Division Akure, that Bankole Oginni Oluwole, male, 47 years, invited his Sister, Bosede Adejoro, 45 years, to visit him at Danjuma Street Akure in his father’s house via a phone call.
She did not return home on the said day and her phone was switched off and all efforts to contact her proved abortive.
So, the next day, the daughter in the company of the deceased sister and the brother in-law traced the house of the suspect to Danjuma, Oke aro and on getting there found the lifeless body of her mother in his room, with her legs tied, patches showing that hot water had been poured on her body and her stomach cut opened with her intestines removed from her stomach.”
As the investigation unfolds, the community grapples with the disturbing revelations, and justice is sought for the victims of these horrific crimes.