The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday arrested two siblings, Ayodeji Obadimeji (18) and Saheed Obadimeji (19) with a “fresh” human head said to belong to a 10-year-old boy, Joseph Makinde.
The police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the suspects were arrested on Tunde Balogun Street, Shapati, Ibeju-Lekki around 8.30pm by a team of anti-kidnapping operatives on a routine patrol between Ajah/Epe Expressway.
The suspects allegedly confessed to have lured the victim into buying them a drink before cutting off his head.
According to the statement, they were allegedly contracted by one Sodiq Abefe, who promised to pay them N200,000 for a human head.
The statement in part read: “On interrogation, they confessed that one Sodiq Abefe contracted them to provide him with a human head at the cost of N200,000, hence they lured the victim by sending him to buy a soft drink for them and when he brought the drink to them, they held him and cut off his head with a knife.
“The victim has been identified by his parents as Joseph Makinde, aged 10 years.
“His corpse was recovered from an uncompleted building at Shapati and effort is being made to arrest the said Sodiq Abefe who allegedly contracted the duo to commit the heinous crime.”
Oti disclosed that the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohini, had directed that the case be handed over to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation And Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.
He warned criminals to repent, relocate from the state or regret the consequences of their actions.