Ifasoji Ayangbesan, a suspected ritualist who was recently apprehended by police for his alleged participation in the death of a 26-year-old lady, Oyindamola Adeyemi, in Ogun State, has admitted that he merely paid N20,000 for the victim’s legs.
Ayangbesan, 35, had been on the run since January when his other accomplices were caught for murdering the woman and selling her body parts to money ritualists.
When questioned by police in Abeokuta on Wednesday, Ayangbesan stated that he did not take part in the victim’s death.
According to the Ijebu-Ode resident, he is a herbalist and not a money ritualist, and he obtained the legs from his buddy, Lukman, who informed him that he unearthed and separated body parts from a dead body.
“I truly bought two fresh human legs, but I was not involved in the murder of the victim. I was approached by my friend, Lukman, who told me he had a pair of legs to sell. I told him I did not need them, but he convinced me to use them for the ritual to better my life, and I agreed.
“When I told him I was not taught how to make money rituals as a traditionalist, he referred me to one of his friends Oye, popularly known as Egbeji in Isiwo.
“After learning from that his friend, I burnt the legs and kept same, with plans to complete the ritual when I returned from Ajah.
“But, my daughter called me while I was at Ajah that policemen came to search for me. So, I later sneaked in and took away the burnt legs so that I would not be caught with any evidence,” he said.
When asked if he truly offered N1 million to bribe the police, Ayangbesan replied in the negative, saying a lawyer had told him to provide N10 million to secure his release, but he was only able to gather N1 million.
He said he was arrested when he went to deliver the money to the lawyer.