#EndSARS: Ibadan suspects arrested for selling policemen’s burnt skulls speak out

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The suspects and the native doctor

Two men, Adewale Abiodun and Aliu Mubarak, nabbed for selling the burnt skulls of two policemen killed in the violence that followed the #EndSARS protests in Ibadan, Oyo State have begun to sing like birds.

Abiodun and Mubarak spoke on Friday when they were paraded by the Commissioner of Police in the state,  Nwachukwu Enwonwu.

The suspects disclosed that they sold the skulls to a herbalist, Oladipupo Ifakorede, who was arrested along with them, for N1,000.

Abiodun said, “On Monday, October 22, Mubarak asked me to follow him to Alabata area in Ibadan, where his wife was staying. We got to Iwo Road and saw that the road had been blocked. Smoke was billowing. When we moved closer to see what was happening, we saw humans being burnt.

“The mob was hitting the burnt bodies with sticks, and started taking the body parts. Mubarak came to me and said he wanted to take some of the body parts. He said he had someone he would sell them to. Mubarak went to take the two skulls.

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“We went to the native doctor’s residence in our neighbourhood. After negotiation, the native doctor gave us N500 with the promise to pay the balance of N500. He told us he was not the one who would use them, but that he would take them to a cleric in Ilorin, Kwara State, for ritual purpose.

“After leaving the residence of the native doctor, Mubarak and I went to a restaurant and used the N500 to eat. About 7pm the same day, the native doctor saw me at a junction in our area and gave me N500 balance. Mubarak and I shared the money at N250 each on the third day.”

Mubarak confirmed Abiodun’s story on the selling of the burnt skulls.

“Some people in the crowd removed hands, legs, fingers and feet, while others gathered the ashes from the burnt bodies and took them away. I told Abiodun that I would take the skulls,” he said.

The police commissioner said that the suspects would soon be charged to court.


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