The Ogun State Police has arrested the pastor of Holy Gathering Evangelical Church of God, Papalanto, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun state, Oluwatobiloba Ipense,n for allegedly killing his secret lover, Railat Sanni, for ritual purposes.
Another acclaimed Prophet, Daniel Sopeju who was alleged to be a member of a cult group, was also arrested in connection with the killing.
The suspect, according to the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, beheaded the victim, severed the two hands and buried the decapitated body in his uncompleted church.
Residents of Papalanto, a community bordering Lafarge Cement thronged the scene in their hundreds, Tuesday when Iliyasu led journalists to the crime scene.
Iliyasu who supervised the exhuming of the decapitated body of the victim, said the suspect and his accomplice were arrested on the 26th March, 2018.
The police boss said the command received a report of a missing person at its Divisional Headquarters in Ewekoro on Monday 26th March.
He said, “The case was reported by one Adebola Saheed that his younger sister, Raliat Sanni left home since 21st March and had yet to return.
“On the strength of the report, our operatives at Ewekoro Division led by the Divisional Police Officer, Oluwarotimi Jeje, swung into action and embarked on technical intelligence investigation.”
Iliyasu said the suspect was arrested following a discreet analysis of facts surrounding the disappearance of the victim, as he was the last person that had contact with her.
According to Iliyasu, the suspect was a pastor in charge of Cherubim & Seraphim white garment church Elebute area of Ewekoro.
He added that in the course of interrogation, the pastor confessed killing the victim and buried her inside his church after removing her head and two hands for reasons only ‘’known to him and God.
He however disclosed that forensic investigation into the case has commenced, adding that the case will eventually be charged to court.
While speaking with journalists, Ipense denied the allegation that he killed the victim, but said his accomplice, Sopeju, killed her.
He claimed that Sopeju led seven members of an occultic group to his house with the aim of luring him to become a member.
Ipese who claimed to be a teacher of Accounting and Commerce (Private), at Methodist High School ,Arigbajo, said, the group had earlier asked him to submit names of his church members from which eventually picked Raliat.
He said, “It was not true that I killed a woman, it was one Mr Sopeju Daniel and a woman wanted to make me join their occultic group and they said that they are going to collect a ransom.
“So they collected the names of my members and picked the name of Raliat Sanni. Having mentioned her name, they asked me where she was living and I told them she is living at Wasimi. They later got her and brought her to my church .
“Mr Sopeju brought out a knife and beheaded the woman and after beheading her, he collected her blood and put it in seven calabashes”.
He further explained that the group told him that the severed head and hands would be shared by members of the ocultic group.