Lagos Police Lauds Residents for Arresting Cleric with Human Skull

It was learnt that the residents handed over the suspect, said to be an Islamic cleric, to the police.
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Operative of the Lagos State Police Command has applauded residents of the Adamo area of Ikorodu for apprehending a suspect identified simply as Babalola who was allegedly in possession of a human skull.

It was gathered that the residents handed over the suspect, said to be an Islamic cleric, to the police.

He was reportedly arrested alongside some yet-to-be-identified others.

A 29-second video obtained by journalists from one of the residents on Saturday showed the moment the man, who was in a native wear, was surrounded by residents and officials of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps.

He was seen putting a human skull and other suspected human parts in a polythene bag as he bled from one of his eyes.

Details of the incident are still sketchy as of press time but the spokesperson for the state police command, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a post on X on Saturday via his handle, @BenHundeyin, assured the residents that justice would be done concerning the matter.

“We commend the good people of Ikorodu for doing the right thing and not yielding to jungle justice. We will ensure justice is done,” Hundeyin said while retweeting the post by an X user, @DejiAdesogan, about the incident.

“Residents of Adamo area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, have handed over a popular Islamic cleric and four of his men to the police after they were allegedly caught with a human skull and other parts of a human body,” @DejiAdesogan posted late Friday.

A resident, identified simply as Ayo, also told our correspondent on Saturday that the man was apprehended on Thursday.

Ayo said, “The man was caught alongside others in the Adamo area of Ikorodu. They’ve been taken to the anti-kidnapping police unit at Araro, Adamo.”

Some X users on Saturday, however, noted that the man may not have been a genuine cleric.

@SenTawfiq posted, “Call him Babalawo (traditionalist), not Chief Imam please.”

“Babalawo, not imam,” @Muneersyeed wrote.

“Chief Imam ke! This one is a Babalawo, hiding under the banner of Islam as a chief Imam. God forbid bad things abeg,” @MusaMD81 said in a comment.

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