by Badejo Oluwaseun
The police in Lagos state have arrested a 27-year-old man, Seun Falana, a staff of the Trinity Cemetery Ajegunle, for allegedly exhuming a corpse from where it was buried, severing the skull and selling it to a herbalist, Olawale Shodolamu, for N10, 000.
Spokesperson of the state police command, Bala Elkana, said the duo were picked up after one Dauda Tijani of Number 23 Omowunmi Street, Orange, Ajegunle, was arrested with a polythene bag containing a human skull by a team of policemen from Area E Command, Festac while on routine stop and search patrol at Alakija Bus Stop along Lagos-Ibadan, Badagry expressway. Upon interrogation, Dauda said it was the herbalist who instructed him to pick up the skull from Falana. He led the police to the herbalist who was also arrested. When interrogated, the herbalist claimed that he bought the human skull from Falana at the sum of ten thousand naira only (10,000.00).
Shodolamu told the police that he usually grinds the human skull together with other substances to prepare herbs and charms for his customers. Falana has since been arrested and he confessed digging out graves to remove human skulls to sell to herbalists.
The police say an investigation is ongoing and that the suspects will charge to court soon.