Lateef Aremu…human parts dealer

I bought 15 cars, built four houses, Lateef Aremu suspected human parts dealer confesses

…We paid N12, 000 to procure human flesh, skull and 12 teeth –Mudasiru and Abass
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By Daud Olatunji

It is like nemesis is catching up with suspected ritualists in Ogun State trading in human body parts.

No week passes without the police in the state arresting a suspected ritualist.

In the latest onslaught against them, no fewer than seven were arrested.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, in the meantime, allayed the fear of residents, saying security agents would not be tired of arresting suspected ritualists.

Iliyasu was speaking on the arrest of the seven suspects who allegedly operated in three syndicates and apprehended by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The first syndicate was said to have comprised of two suspected members, Lateef Aremu (67) and Kola Sodipo (32), who allegedly specialized in purchasing and exhuming corpses for money ritual.

According to the police boss, men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad arrested Aremu and Sodipo after receiving information about ritualists who specialised in using human parts.

“The Federal SARS received information about some ritualists who specialised in using human parts for ritual purposes. So, based on the information, a team was sent to track them down and the effort was successful when two members of the syndicate were arrested at Owode-Egba area of the state”, Iliyasu said.

“ Kolawole Sodipo and Lateef Aremu were arrested. Recovered from them were human skulls and bones, as well as six live cartridges”.

Speaking with Sunday Vanguard, Aremu confessed that he used human parts to prepare various charms for people, adding that the business had provided him the financial muscle to acquire 15 cars and four houses.

Aremu, who claimed that he was a farmer and herbalist, did not deny that he used human parts to make charms for people.

He said the human skull he was allegedly caught with by the police was brought to him by his colleague for money ritual.

“I am a farmer and an herbalist. We were doing a foundation in Itoko where I wanted to build a house; there, we saw these bones and we packed them inside a bag and that is all. However, when we wanted to do money ritual, he brought a dry skull for the purpose”, the suspect said.

Suspects who bought human parts for N12,000
“What we did was to grind the skull and add other ingredients, including a white dove and local soap. It has been up to 20 years since I have been in the business. I don’t use human parts all the time. I only do once in a while. “I have built four houses and bought up to 15 vehicles since 1980 when I started this business”.

Sodipo, 32, while explaining his role in the syndicate, said, “I am a farmer. I know baba (Aremu) to be an herbalist, because he usually comes to see my landlord. I also trained as an herbalist.

“Someone came to me requesting for money ritual and I directed him to baba who negotiated and collected N75, 000 from the client but the ritual failed. The man called me to complain and I asked him to collect his money. He wasn’t ready to collect the money, he wanted it repeated but it failed again.

“I didn’t know anything about the skull. I didn’t take any skull to him. I only specialized in working for petty traders to boost their trade”.

The N12, 000 human parts’ transaction