THE case started with a search for a suspect who was threatening the life of his victim, saying that his life had been paid for, and the victim would therefore need to pay a ransom to redeem his life. But the police were astounded when, in their bid to arrest the suspect, they found the skull of a human being serving as a soap dish in his house!
The bizarre but true story occurred in Ifon, in Ose Local Government area of Ondo State recently. Crime Reports learnt that the suspect, Aigbohai Jimoh (25) in connivance with his partner in crime, Ikujeniya Yinka (26), came up with an ingenuity that could be fetching him cool cash with little stress. He reportedly sent a text message to one Samuel Afolayemi on June 21, demanding a sum of N400,000.
His reason: Someone has paid N1million for Afolayemi to be eliminated but the would-be victim’s response on phone made him to have a second thought because he sounded like a responsible person. Afolayemi was said to have reported the case to the Anti-Robbery Squad in Ondo State Police Command, where the Officer-in-Charge, Akin Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police, asked him to play along, while a team of operatives was detailed to handle the case and arrest the suspects.
In the course of investigation, the SARS team discovered that a similar message had been sent to one David Arijoba around March this year, and a sum of N800,000 was collected from him. The operatives were told that the man decided to pay when he noticed that the sender knew his movements.
The man had told the police that anytime he came to Ifon from his base in Port Harcourt, he would receive text messages telling him that he was being monitored. Not only that, a threat letter was also dropped in his house to show the seriousness of his stalkers. He had to look for the money by all means to save his life.
Crime Reports further learnt that when Jimoh’s house was searched by the police, a human skull containing black soap was found and on interrogation, the suspect said that he was using the soap in the skull to bath daily. He further stated that the charm was done for him by an herbalist for wealth purposes. Jimoh reportedly had a separate room for the skull which was accessible to him alone, before the police burst the place.
Immediately the herbalist learnt of the discovery and Jimoh’s arrest, he was said to have abandoned his house and had been on the run since.
Confirming the story, the police image maker in Ondo state, Wole Ogodo, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, warned that the police commissioner, Mr Patrick Dukumor, would not allow the state to serve as an haven for criminally-minded people, saying that such should steer clear of the state or face the music. He added that the suspects had been charged to court on Monday, July 15, and had been remanded in prison custody.