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Police apprehends owner of Yaba shrine over murder of toddler

Three months after a kidnapped four-year-old girl was allegedly used as sacrifice in Iwaya, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, security operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested the owner of the shrine.

The suspect, Olalekan Olastise who resides in Ikorodu community reportedly fled the area after news of the killing became public knowledge.

Briefing newsmen on the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, said “after an extensive investigation into the incident, one Olalekan Olatise, mastermind of the heinous crime, who resides in Ikorodu, was arrested.

“He confessed to the crime and also mentioned his sister and one other in connection with the incident. Efforts at arresting the two other fleeing suspects are ongoing. They would all be charged to court at the completion of investigation.”

Recall that the victim, Juliana Taiye, had gone to a mosque with his siblings on July 24, 2017, before she was declared missing. Her body was later around 8:00p.m. of the same day, with the neck slashed, at an Ogun shrine in her parents abode at No. 54, Owoduni Street, Iwaya – Yaba.

Meanwhile, the suspect who admitted to be the custodian of the shrine, however, denied having anything to do with the slain girl. “I do not have a hand in the killing. On the day in question, I was in a Cherubim and Seraphim church where I had gone for prayers because I was sick. It was when I came home to pick some clothes that I was told what happened,” he said.

He continued saying: “My father was the custodian of the shrine. After his demise, the oracle chose me as the next custodian. At first, I refused because I was a Christian. I was forced to accept out of fear, because they threatened that I would go mad if I refused.

“I have never done sacrifice on the shrine since I took over. Rather, a man named Kazeem has been doing it. Besides, they do not use human beings to sacrifice to the god of Ogun. They use dogs, goats, kolanut and bitter kola for the sacrifice.”

Speaking on why he fled the area, the suspect said: “When the incident happened, I went to Ikorodu to stay. I was initially staying in my mother’s compound where the shrine is before I moved to Ikorodu. I was arrested because I did not show up when the police came.

He added that “any worshipper could go to the shrine without my knowledge as long as Kazeem who knows how to perform the ties is there.”



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