Police in Ogun state have arrested a pastor who was found to be in possession of a human skull.
They accused, 32-year-old Matthew Akiode, exhumed the skull from a grave site a few kilometers from the Ono Ara Mimo Cherubim and Seraphim church where he claimed to serve as a pastor.
Akiode confessed to the crime in the presence of journalists, the Vanguard reported, and said he did it for money.
He believed getting the human skull would aid him, most likely in a ritual aimed at getting rich quick. He claims he was advised to get the human remains by another Pastor Oyewole. However, the latter denied sending the former to get the human head from the grave site.
“I am a man of God and pastor at Irewole Cherubim and Seraphim Church,” Oyewole said, speaking in his defence. “I heal people with God’s name and not with human skull,” the pastor said and accused Akiode of telling unfounded lies.
Akiode expressed his surprise at Oyewole’s denial.
Both men are in police custody at the Eleweran police command headquarters in Abeokuta. Police Commissioner Ikemefuna Okoye said tha the accused persons committed the offence at about 12 midnight. Police was notified by a witness who saw the exhumation.
“He never knew that eagle eyes were watching him in the process of removing the corpse,” Okoye said.
Akiode was caught in the act, severed human head in hand. Oyewole was arrested shortly after as well. Both are set to be chargedin court as soon as investigation into the matter is concluded.