Two suspected hoodlums, Adewale Abiodun and Aliu Mubarak, have admitted that they sold the skulls of two policemen burnt by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest for a combined fee of N1000.
The suspects, 17-year-old Abiodun, and a 24-year-old Mubarak, told journalists on Friday when paraded by the police at the police heardquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan, that they sold the skulls to a herbalist, Oladipupo Ifakorede, who was also arrested by the police.
They were reportedly arrested at the Oluwo area of Ibadan by men of the Quick Intervention Unit of the Oyo State Police Command on Sunday, November 15 following an intelligence report.
Speaking to journalists, Abiodun said, “On Monday, October 22, Mubarak asked me to follow him to Alabata area in Ibadan, where his wife was staying. We got to Iwo Road and saw that the road had been blocked. Smoke was billowing. When we moved closer to see what was happening, we saw humans being burnt.
“The mob was hitting the burnt bodies with sticks, and started taking the body parts. Mubarak came to me and said he wanted to take some of the body parts. He said he had someone he would sell them to. Mubarak went to take the two skulls.
“We went to the native doctor’s residence in our neighbourhood. After negotiation, the native doctor gave us N500 with the promise to pay the balance of N500. He told us he was not the one who would use them, but that he would take them to a cleric in Ilorin, Kwara State, for ritual purpose.
“After leaving the residence of the native doctor, Mubarak and I went to a restaurant and used the N500 to eat. About 7pm the same day, the native doctor saw me at a junction in our area and gave me N500 balance. Mubarak and I shared the money at N250 each on the third day.”
Corroborating Abiodun’s confession, Mubarak said, “some people in the crowd removed hands, legs, fingers and feet, while others gathered the ashes from the burnt bodies and took them away. I told Abiodun that I would take the skulls.”
According to the state Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, the three suspects will soon be charged to court.