The Lagos state police command says its men discovered shallow graves at the residence of a ‘prophet’, 70-year-old Emmanuel Adeyemi. Adeyemi was earlier arrested for chaining his son and 27 others.
Lagos Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni confirmed the allegation of shallow graves, and said the prophet’s house was raided following a tip-off that the suspect traded human parts with ritualists.
He said Adeyemi who was arrested alongside his first wife on Friday, buried some dead persons in nearby swamps and three others at his residence.
Owoseni said: “We got a tip-off that they were people he buried in that compound and he confirmed it during interrogation. Because the area is swampy, the suspect had allegedly buried some people in the swamp and about three others in the house.
“When we asked him of their identities he said it was some of his patients that were brought to his home from the hospital, after they were given up for dead, who finally died in his care and were buried in the swamp.
“When we also queried him on the claims that he used the body parts of the deceased to sell to ritualists, he swore that he was only a traditional healer and not a human parts seller.”
Owoseni said Adeyemi was earlier invited for questioning after it was discovered that he put his son in chains.
The Commissioner said the suspect claimed he chained the teenager, Toba Adedoyin Adeyemi in order to cure him from stealing.
He said: “When we got information that a teenager was locked up in a house, the area G Commander invited the suspect, who claimed that his son was known for stealing and so he locked him up in chains to cure him of stealing.
“While we were still on that case, we got another credible tip off that there were other people chained up in that same house. Of course, we carried out a raid and confirmed the allegation to be true.
“But before then, we had contacted the Lagos State Government because we don’t have the facility to keep the rescued persons. His claims now that he was arrested is that he is a herbalist, but why didn’t he tell us that when we first invited him to the station over locking up his stepson? He only told us that he wanted to cure his son of stealing.”
It was gathered that one of the victims who was feeble and had sores was currently on admission at a hospital, while the others were moved to the state rehabilitation centre.
Prophet Adeyemi’s case comes about a month after another clergy, Pastor Francis Taiwo, was arrested in Ogun state for chaining his nine-year -old son for weeks, over allegations of stealing soup.
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