‘Yahoo boys’ held over alleged kidnap, murder for money ritual

‘Yahoo boys’ held over alleged kidnap, murder for money ritual


Two suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police in connection with the kidnap and murder of 40-year-old man Abdullahi Azeez in Ogun State.

Friday Abinya Odeh 21-year-old and 20-year-old, Poso Idowu, were arrested with the death of the victim whom they mutilated his body, prescribed for them by herbalist that they contacted via Facebook chat for failed money ritual.

A statement by the spokesman of the Police Command in Ogun State, SP. Abimbola Oyeyemi on Sunday, said the suspects were arrested, following a report lodged at Owode Egba divisional headquarters on the 9th of June 2022 by relatives of the victim, who reported that the victim left his home at Kobape area on the 8th of June 2022 and did not return since then.

Upon the report, the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, directed the anti kidnapping unit of the state Criminal Investigation Departments to take over the investigation and unravel the mystery behind the sudden disappearance of the man.

In compliance with the directive of police authorities, the SP Taiwo Opadiran led team subsequently embarked on technical and intelligence based investigation which led them to the hideout of Friday Abinya Odeh on the 22nd of September 2022, where the Airtel Sim card of the victim was recovered.

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His arrest led to the apprehension of his accomplice Poso Idowu.

“On interrogation, the suspects confessed that they kidnapped the victim on the 8th of June 2022 at kobape area, at about 7:30 pm, from where they forcefully took him to the bush, killed him and pieces his body”, according to police.

The statement added that the suspects, confessed to the crime, while efforts to recover the remains of the victim proved abortive as the suspects claimed to have disposed it.

Commenting on the ongoing investigation, the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, CP Lanre Bankole, directed that the suspects be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Editor’s Note: The featured image of arrested suspected money ritualists in Ogun State, was used to illustrate this report.

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