The father of a 400-Level student of the Osun State University (Uniosun), Timileyin Sonibare who was murdered and mutilated for ritual purpose has told an Osun State High Court how his son was killed for ritual purposes.
Olaniran Sonibare (the deceased father) told the court during his evidence in the ongoing trial of the five suspects arraingned in connection with the murder, that his son was murdered just less than two semesters away from his graduation.
The suspects are: AbdulRafiu Zakariyau, Yusuf Kareem, Ayuba Ibraheem, Ishaq Yusuf and AbdulKareem Adeoti.
Timileyin was murdered last year June, 2017 around Oke Baale area of Osogbo.
One of the suspects, Abdulrafiu Zakariyau (22) who is also his friends and an herbalist apprentice in Osogbo was said to have invited Timilehin for discussion and on arrival, other suspects hit Timilehin’s head with pestle from the back and thereafter killed him and severe his body into pieces for ritual purposes.
A police officer, Sergeant Adelakun Najeem also told the court that apart from admitting to the crime, the first defendant also led the police detectives to an uncompleted building near his house where the decomposing body of Timileyin was found.
Timilehin’s head was also said to have been roasted in a black mud pot by the suspects.
A pestle, live tortoise and a clay pot, where the burnt head of the victim was kept were tendered and admitted in court as exhibits.
The deceased father, in an emotion laden voice told the court that the death of his son was a great loss, as the life of his son was cut short at a time his family was expecting to celebrate his success in the university.
During the hearing, the court had to first determine whether the first accused, 22 years-old AbdulRafiu Zakariyau who had pleaded guilty to murder should be summarily tried or tried alongside other accused who pleaded not guilty.
Having held that the first accused should also face proper trial, the prosecution, led by the Attorney-General of the state, Ajibola Bashiru opened its case by calling four witnesses.
The first witness, Segun Akinloye, who is the victim’s cousin told the court how Timileyin went missing on the 26th of June, 2017 and how a number found on his mobile phone led them to AbdulRafiu Zakariyau, who later told the police that himself and one Yaya Toyin killed and cut off the head and wrist of the victim for ritual purpose.