Man Who Murdered OAU Student Confesses to Learning Rituals on Facebook Groups

Written by Bola Abraham

A suspected ritualist, identified as Akeem, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command in connection with the murder of Quadri Salami, an 18-year-old student of Obafemi Awolowo University. Akeem, 35, revealed in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune on Saturday, December 16, 2023, that he learned how to use human heads from Facebook groups.

The arrest followed a technical investigation and intelligence gathering by detectives of the Ogun State Police Command. The decomposing body parts of the deceased were recovered in a shallow grave on Wednesday, December 6, 2023. The Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, led a team to the suspect’s house at Mile 6, Ajebo area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

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The Spokeswoman of the State Police Command, SP Omolola Odutola, disclosed that the deceased’s father reported his son’s disappearance at Kemta Police station on November 14, about six days after he was last seen. The father informed the police that he had not seen his son since November 8, and all efforts to locate him had proved abortive.

The report led to intelligence gathering which resulted in the arrest of Akeem, to whom the missing boy’s phone was traced. After interrogation, Akeem reportedly confessed to killing the teenage student and dismembering his body for sale to another native doctor, Ifaniyi, and other prospective buyers.

It was further learned that Akeem called Ifaniyi after dismembering Quadri, handed the head and a palm to him, while Ifaniyi paid the sum of N130,000 into Akeem’s account for the body parts. To conceal his criminal act, Akeem reportedly burnt Quadri’s clothes and discarded his footwear and phone.

Akeem preserved the remaining body parts in a plastic bucket, soaked them in alcohol, and buried the bucket until needed for use or purchase. However, one pair of his footwear was found not too far away from Akeem’s house during the investigation and search by detectives.

Akeem, a married father of three who hails from Osun State, said that he started living in Abeokuta in 2014.

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