Two suspected cult members arrested in Ogun State, Oluwaseun Odueh, aka Cleff; and Wasiu Adejumo, aka Bomber, both members of the Eiye Confraternity, say they sell human hands for N5,000 each to raise funds for their operations.
The suspects, who were also accused of being robbers, were arrested along with three herbalists, including a traditional ruler, who allegedly bought the hands of the victims.
The herbalists, Ifatona Akanni, aka Ajana Oro; Isiaka Ajani and Oko Musa, said they had bought seven hands from the cult members, adding that each was bought for N5,000.
Those killed by the men were identified as one Tunde, who was beheaded at the Cherubim and Seraphim Church Railway Line, Ogba Ayo, Ijoko, in 2016, with his two hands cut off.
Also killed were one Lateef, Kehinde and Yinka, in the Ijoko area between 2016 and January 2017. The hands of the men were cut off.
The police said on May 28, 2017, three men were also killed at Candozo Hotel, Fadahunsi, Ijoko, around 8pm, while in June 2017, two people were killed at Ogba Ayo Junction and Agoro Junction, Ijoko, with their hands missing.
One of the suspected cult members, Odueh, said all the victims were members of the Aiye Confraternity, a rival cult, adding that they were killed during reprisals. He said their hands were sold to herbalists to raise funds for the activities of his gang.
The second suspect, Adejumo, who also confessed to be an Internet fraudster (yahoo yahoo), said he was part of the squad that killed two members of the Aiye cult he identified as Kehinde and Lekan Welder.
One of the herbalists, Musa, said he had bought three hands from the cult members, adding that he had paid N10,000 and was owing them N5,000 balance.
According to Punchng, the second herbalist, Akanni, 53, said he had bought two hands from the men for the same purpose. The third herbalist, Ajani, who is the baale of Ososun village, in the Ifo LGA of Ogun State, said he brought two hands which he bought for N10,000.