Police in Oyo State in South-West Nigeria has apprehended five men for selling a human heart for N10,000 (less than $30) in the state.
The incident was confirmed by the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, who explained that two of the men were arrested on March 19, 2021, along Igbeti/Igboho road by men of the Highway Patrol Team while they were transporting the heart.
The arrested suspects have been identified as:
- Jimoh Sabiku, aged 35
- Adesola David, aged 24
- Bello Waheed, aged 45
- Habeeb Musa, aged 34
- Musibau Aroju, aged 51 years
They were all paraded by the police at command headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan. Police said one of the suspects, Alfa Taofeek Karile, who procured the human heart is currently on the run.
Narrating the incident, Commissioner Ngozi Onadeko said:
“Sometime in the month of January, 2021 one Jimoh Sabiku approached one Musibaudeen Aroju that he needed a human heart for money ritual of which the said Musibaudeen Aroju replied him that he would introduce a person that could get the human heart for him. He thereafter introduced one Alfa Taofeek Karile to the said Jimoh Sabiku.
“The said Alfa Taofeek thereafter got the human heart to Jimoh Sabiku at Saki town on Thursday 18th March, 2021 at the sum of N10,000. On 19th March, 2021, the said Adesola David was intercepted while on Bajaj motorcycle with registration number AYE 125 QE by men of Federal Highway Patrol team, who were on Stop and Search duty at forest area along Igbeti-Igboho Road.
“When the said Adesola David together with one Habib Musa were searched. The heart suspected to be a human heart was found on them. However, the Alfa Taofeek who sold the heart suspected to be human heart to one Jimoh Sabiku at the rate of N10,000 is now at large and effort is being intensified to arrest him.”