INSIDEMAINLAND – The Residents of Otuja Harmony Estate in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, have decried the continuous invasion of the Eyita Sabo Cemetery by suspected ritualists and robbers.
According to the residents, ritualists harvest human organs in the cemetery, while robbers use it as a hideout for criminal activities.
InsideMainland gathered that a suspected ritualist, identified simply as Kolawole, was arrested on December 10, 2021, with a human hand and heart which he allegedly exhumed from a grave in the cemetery.
Reacting to the incident, the Secretary of the Estate Association, Adebisi Badejo said various solutions proposed to the local government chairman were not implemented.
He said; “We gave the council chairman six solutions. We asked the council to illuminate the cemetery, cut the grass, raise the fence and fortify security to wade off criminals using the place as their hideout. To our surprise, the advice was not heeded.
“The light installed in the cemetery is just three. In December last year, a suspect was arrested in the cemetery when he came to exhume a fresh corpse and cut off the hand and heart. The cemetery has become a threat zone where women are raped; their phones and other valuables are collected from them on a daily basis. We are also calling on the Lagos State Government and other political office holders from the zone to come to our aid.”
A resident Ibrahim Ishola said that it had become a norm for suspected ritualists to enter the cemetery and exhume corpses to harvest their organs.
He said; “This is not the first time ritualists will scale the fence of the cemetery to exhume corpses and cut off any part of human bodies they wanted. Leaders in other communities make a lot of effort to ensure that the cemetery in their area is properly secured, but the reverse is the case in our community.
“It was after the suspect (Kolawole) who exhumed a corpse was arrested that the council chairman came to install light and cut the trees, but the light installed is not enough compared to how big the cemetery is. Sincerely, there is no corpse buried in the cemetery that is safe.”