A staff of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS ) unit of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Olokose Oluwasola Ojo, has allegedly been murdered for ritual purposes by his next-door neighbour, identified as Kazeem Mohammed, and his gang members.
Vanguard reports that on Monday, March 8, the deceased who was at the peak of preparations for his wedding scheduled to hold in Akure, Ondo state on March 13, 2021, reportedly gave N350,000 to Kazeem to help him buy three cows.
According to the report, Kazeem who hails from Patigi in Kwara North had previously convinced and tricked the deceased that cows are very cheap in his area. The duo had in the wee hours of March 8, travelled to Patigi with the intention of buying the three cows while the bride to be, planned to return to Ilorin on the same day and then take the cows to Akure the next day for the wedding.
It was further reported that the plan did not come to pass as the groom-to-be was attacked in the bush in Patigi by other members of the gang who were already laying an ambush. The gang were said to have dispossessed the deceased of other valuables including the N350,000.00, and his phone through which they called his relations that he had been kidnapped and demanded N12M ransom. After much pleadings by the relations, the suspected ritualists agreed to collect N3M in ransom before he could be released for his wedding.
The suspected ritualists having collected the victim’s phone and his ATM cards which were with him, reportedly collected about N1.2M including the victim’s March 2021 salary that was paid into his account before he was murdered in cold blood.
The suspected ritualists reportedly killed the victim shortly after the relations paid part of the ransom demanded.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, Kayode Okasanmi, said
“The incident is true. We have commenced investigation and started making some arrests, that’s much I can say for now. The investigation is still ongoing.’’