Ondo State Police Command on Tuesday night arrested a 42-year-old man, Samuel Omosaba, for beheading his three-yearold niece, Adunbarin Kola. The incident occurred at Ilepa quarters in Ikare- Akoko, Akoko North East Local Government Area of the state. The suspect was said to have contacted an herbalist in Ipe-Akoko for money rituals. It was learnt the herbalist requested Omosaba to look for the head of a baby with which to prepare the rituals. An eyewitness, who spoke with National Mirror said, “The deceased (Adunbarin) had always been put in the care of her grandmother at Ilepa quarters in Ikare anytime her mother, Bunmi, who is a trader, goes to the market to sell her goods. “On the day the little girl met her untimely death, Bunmi took Adunbarin to her mother-inlaw. But she met only her husband’s elder brother at home.
“He promised to take care of the child until her grandmother returns home. When she returned from the market, Bunmi met her daughter’s lifeless body in the room of Samuel.” The suspect was said to have confessed to family members that he killed the girl for ritual purposes. He was nearly lynched by aggrieved youths in the community before he was rescued by the police. State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigative Department, SCID, in Akure for further investigation.