An Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State Capital has remanded two ‘Yahoo Boys’ and a man for allegedly exhuming 10 corpses and severing their heads for ritual purposes.
The defendants Abimbola Fatoye (35); Kola Fatoye (40) and Ahmed Ojo (56) were arraigned before Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, on charge bordering on exhumation of corpses.
The prosecutor, Inspector Monica Ikebuilo, told the court that the defendants committed the offence between March and September 2020 in Orun-Ekiti, Ise Orun Local Government Area of the state.
She alleged the defendants dug up graves and severed heads of corpses at St.Paul Anglican Church Cemetery in Orun-Ekiti .
Ikebuilo said names of the severed corpses are late Pa Philip Akintayo; late Madam Moreani Ajayi and eight other corpses and using same for ritual (criminal charms), which was found in the possession of the defendants without reasonable excuse.
According to her, the offences contravened and are punishable under section 242(1) b, 210 (e) and 213(b) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.
The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendants in the Ado Ekiti Correctional Centre pending legal advice from the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
The plea of the defendants was not taken.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, who ordered the defendants’ remand pending the issuance of legal advice, adjourned the case till November 6, 2020, for mention